Obituaries 03-01-2012

Norma Merrihew

Member of Winthrop Mixed Lodge Sons of Italy

Norma L. (Porreca) Merrihew of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died at home on February 18 surrounded by her loving family.

She was employed at Sears Roebuck and NAFA at the US Coast Guard Base in Boston and was also a longtime nanny, becoming an integral part of the lives of many children and their parents. Mrs. Merrihew was a member of the Winthrop Mixed Lodge 2057, Sons of Italy of Massachusetts.

She was the beloved wife of the late Stephen Merrihew; mother of Arlene Rizkovsky and her husband, John of Ocala, FL, Wanda Ervin of Haverhill, formerly of East Boston and Revere, and the late Carol Sue Ervin. She was the most cherished aunt and second mother to Jacqueline Varnauskas and her husband, Robert “Bobby” of Naugatuck, CT; Nana to Carol Sue Lanni and her husband, Michael of Haverhill, Johnny Rizkovsky and his wife, Christina of North Carolina, Sheryll Lewis and her husband, Don, James Porreca and his wife, Yvonne, Anthony Porreca and his wife, Michele, Roberta Rauch and her husband, Marty, Wanda Campbell, Stephen and Tina Varnauskas, all of Florida. She is also proudly survived by eight great-grandchildren: Shauna Rigsby, Dianne, Kristina and Anthony Porreca, Shianne Rauch, John Calia, Casey and Jaden Rizkovsky and her great-great-grandson, Tyler. She was the sister of Guido Porreca and his wife, Carmie of Everett and Leonora Whilden of Randolph, NJ.

She will be missed beyond measure by all her loving nieces and nephews, of whom she was a constant in their lives. Known as “Nana Norma,” she was Godmother and “Auntie” to many and will be forever cherished in their hearts.
Mrs. Merrihew requested that in lieu of flowers, donations in her memory be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Arrangements were private.


Edward Francis ‘Bud’ Sennott

President of Class of 1939 of Winthrop High School

Edward Francis “Bud” Sennott of Boxford, formerly of Winthrop, died at home on February 25. He was 92 years old.

He was born on July 9, 1919 in Chelsea and moved to Winthrop as a young boy. He graduated from Winthrop High School in 1939 and was President of his Class for three years, voted “Most Likely to Succeed” and “Done the Most for the School”.

That’s where he met and married Ruthie, the love of his life. Shortly after their marriage, he left to fight in World War II. As a member of the US Army, he fought at Omaha Beach on D-Day and went on to fight in the Battle of the Bulge.

After the War, the couple moved to Boxford where he built his family home on Chapman Road and raised his six children. He established the Sennott Insurance Agency in 1946, first in Lynn and eventually settling in Topsfield Center. The Agency is now operated by his two sons.

He was the beloved husband of Ruth (Murphy) Sennott; , devoted father and father-in-law of Peter and Janet Sennott of Boxford, Stephanie and Gary LeDuc of Gloucester, Robert and Loren Sennott of Boxford, Leslie Sennott and her husband, Bill Johnston of Winchester, Gretchen Sennott of Warwick RI, and the late Veronica; grandfather of Danny, Erin, Tobi, Samantha, Corey, Shelley, Heather, Jamie, Timothy, Bryan, Lyndsey, Hayley, Tucker, Katherine and Victoria and great grandfather of Rylie, Liam Edward, Maximus, Eoin, Veronica, Eamonn, Sloane, Blythe, Maeve, Quinn, James, Abigail, Charlie, Shane, Maya and Luke.

Funeral arrangements were by the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, Danvers. Expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Ste. 1509, NY, NY 10018 or to Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan St., Ste. 102B, Danvers, MA 01923. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit


William Perella

Of Chelsea, formerly of Winthrop

William A. Perella, a resident of Chelsea for 10 years, formerly of Winthrop, died on February 21 at Boston Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 80 years old.

He was the loving son of the late Angelina (DeRosa) Casiello and Alphonso Perella; brother of Dolores Casiello Roycroft, Richard Casiello, Conchetta “Connie” Hunt, Mary Perrotta (step-sister), Mario Aloisi (step-brother), and the late Rubina “Dolly” Perella-MacDonald, Alphozina (Tina) Perella-Rudolph, and Albert Casiello. He was the beloved father of Alan Perella of Leominster, Fay Perella Stempien of Danvers, and William Perella, Jr. of Atkinson, NH; cherished grandfather of Ashley and Alesha Perella of Leominster, Sarina, Gillian and Nico Stempien of Danvers, Shaylyn Perella of Salem, NH, and Olivia, Anthony, and Madeline Perella of Atkinson, NH.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, West Peabody. To send a message of condolence to his family, please visit

Alice Curran

Active Volunteer

Alice Curran of Court Road, a lifelong resident of Winthrop, died at the Jesmond Nursing Home in Nahant on February 21 after a brief illness. She was 96 years old.

Born in Winthrop, she was the beloved daughter of the late Alice (Flynn) and Arthur Boylan. She attended Winthrop schools and went on to work as a receptionist for the Retail Credit Company in Boston. She was a volunteer at Winthrop Hospital, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, the Red Cross and the Winthrop Public Library. She was also a CCD teacher at St. John the Evangelist and a member of the Cottage Park Ladies Bowling League.
She was the devoted wife of the late Frank A. Curran and the dear sister of Daniel J. Boylan of Burbank, California and the late Arthur Boylan Jr., Louise Kirby, Mildred Boylan, Mary Walsh and Ruth Nichols. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. To sign the online guestbook go to


Madeline Brenna

Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston

Madeline L. Brenna of Eleanor Court, Winthrop died at the Hammersmith House in Saugus on February 18. She was 83 years old.

She grew up in East Boston and was a resident of Winthrop for over 60 years.
She was the devoted wife of Robert J. Brenna Sr. and the loving mother of Robert J. Brenna Jr. of Saugus and Frederick C. Brenna of Woburn; the dear sister of Doris Mangini of Wakefield and Elaine Manzi of Florida and is also survived by seven grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. To sign the online guestbook go to


Winifred Mary DeLuca

Revere resident

Winifred Mary (Gould) DeLuca of Revere died on February 18.

She was the beloved wife of John DeLuca of Revere; devoted mother of Gail McAndrew and her husband, Darryl of Australia, Marilyn DeLuca and her husband, Frank Horton of New Hampshire, Denise Papasodora and her late husband, Peter of Revere, John A. DeLuca of Revere and Holly Schlichting and her husband, Thomas of Winthrop; dear sister of John Gould of New Hampshire and the late George Gould and Marilan Thompson and was the cherished grandmother of 11.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. For guest book, please visit:

Adele Cecca

Mass Pike Toll Collector

Adele L (Luongo) Cecca of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on February 23.

A toll collector for the Mass. Turnpike for over 16 years and a past member of the Teamsters Union Local 127, she was the beloved wife of John Cecca; devoted mother of Amanda Cecca of Winthrop; loving daughter of the late Joseph and Julia (Altieri) Luongo; adored sister of George Luongo and his wife, Martha of East Boston, Joseph Luongo and his late wife, Debra of Revere, Julie Paulicelli and her husband, Michael of Florida; cherished daughter In law of Carmela “Cammy” (Cantalupo) and Anthony Ruggerio of Winthrop; dear sister in law of Colleen DiCicco of Revere, Maureen Sacco of New Hampshire and Nancy Colleran of Tennessee. She is also survived by many fond nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For more information, please visit


Donna Lee Caramello

Former Revere Teacher; Psychic and Specialist in Magnified Healing

Donna Lee Caramello of Salem, formerly of Revere and Winthrop, died on February 20 following a valiant struggle with Multiple Myeloma at the Kaplan Family Hospice of Danvers. She was 61 years old.

Born and raised in Winthrop, her family moved to Revere in 1952 where she attended school and was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1968.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Salem State College in 1973 and her Masters Degree in Guidance Counseling in 1978.

Early in her teaching career, she taught students with learning disabilities, kingergarten through grade three in Revere for many years. She became an early volunteer with the City of Salem Drug Program and the North Shore Community Action Program.

Realizing from an early age her potential with psychic abilities, she developed her skills and gifts in numerology, astrology and psychorientology, astrology and psychorentology. For many years, she taught meditation classes and magnified healing.

She realized her life long dream when she founded “A Sacred Place Wellness Center” of Salem, which is still in active practice. For the past 20 years, she has also been a Real Estate Agent within the Greater North Shore for the Caldwell Banker Group. A strong and vibrant environmentalist, she was a founding member and has been active in the non-profit Salem Sound Coastwatch since 1990.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Vincent J. and Geraldine P. (Repucci) Caramello; devoted sister of Ret. Revere Fire Lt. James V. Caramello and his wife, Lynne, David G. Caramello and his partner, Deanne Mantia, all of Revere, and the late Diane M. Caramello-Daley; cherished aunt of Christopher V. Daley of Haverhill and Caitlyn L. Caramello of Revere; beloved niece of Joseph Indrisano of Winthrop, Mary Indrisano of Gainesville, GA and Bessie Gauthier of Middleton. She is also lovingly survived by many cousins, dedicated friends and colleagues.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home For Funerals, Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Salem Sound Coastwatch, 201 Washington St., Salem, MA 01970. For further information and more:

Edward Fenerty, Jr.

Retired Boston Police Officer

Edward L. Fenerty, Jr. of Malden died on February 22.

A Boston Police Officer for 33 years and a US Army veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of the late Freda M. (Judd) Fenerty; loving father of Edward L. Fenerty III of Jamaica Plain and the late William C. Fenerty and his surviving wife, Judy of Winthrop; dear brother of Lila Stevens of California, Anna Berg of Maine and the late Boston Police Officer William Fenerty of West Roxbury.

Memorial donations may be made to: National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave Ste. 2, Norwood, MA 02062-5040. For online condolences, please visit

Susie Hill

Braves Baseball Fan, Strongly Devoted to Home and Family

Susie M. (Jones) Hill, a longtime Chelsea resident, died on February 21 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. She was 83 years old.

She was one of seven children born to Edward and Jewel (Green) Jones in Albany, Georgia.  She grew up in Albany where she received her early schooling.  After graduating from High School, she furthered her education at Albany State University.  She was married to Willie J. Hill and together they relocated to the New England area in 1947, first settling in Ipswich and Malden before coming to Chelsea in 1958.  Their union ultimately produced 10 loving children.

“Susie” was strongly devoted to home and family.  She loved baseball and was a devoted Braves fan, following the team from their early days in Boston to Atlanta.  She was a longtime member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Revere.

The beloved wife of the late Willie J. Hill, she was the devoted mother of David K. Hill of Middletown, CT, William J. Hill of Lynn, Andrea L. Hill of Chelsea, Karen D. Iantosca of Malden, Debra S. Hill and her husband, Lorenzo of Winthrop, Darlene Y. Willoth and her husband, Robert of Malden, Diane M. Hill of Chelsea, Beverly J. Hill-Burrell and her husband, Ronald of Manchester NH, Eric L. Hill and his wife, Melissa of Orlando, FL, and Lisa R. Hill of Haverhill; the dear sister of Merele Williams of Mockville, NC, Franklin D. Jones of Philadelphia, PA, Marvin Jones of Albany, GA, and the late Edie Glass-Hightower and William Jones.  She is lovingly survived by 14 grandchildren and also leaves a host of other relatives and friends to mourn her passing.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

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