Obituaries 08-02-2012

Claire Campbell 

Worked for Sears Roebuck 

Claire Y. Campbell of Exeter, NH, formerly of Seabrook, NH, died Friday, July 27 at Exeter on Hampton Care and Rehabilitation Center. She was 83 years old.

Mrs. Campbell was born April 26 1929 in Haverhill, the daughter of the late Raymond A. and Irene E. (Surette) DuBreuil of Everett. She attended St. Joseph’s School in Everett and was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Malden. After raising her family, she worked for 13 years as a part time clerk at the catalog desk of the Sears Roebuck & Co. Store in Saugus.

The widow of Thomas F. Campbell, who died in 2004, her surviving family members include a daughter, Susan Lepito of Amesbury and three sons, Thomas F. Campbell, Jr. and Wayne M. Campbell, both of Newton, NH and Brian J. Campbell of Kingston, NH; six grandchildren, two great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Patricia Bleiler of Winthrop, and several nieces and nephews.

All services will be private with burial next to her husband in the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen. Assistance with arrangements was by the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home – Crematory, Hampton, NH. An online guestbook is available at

Louis Portalla, Jr. 

Past Commander of the Pleasant Park Yacht Club and Retired Longshoreman 

Louis J. Portalla, Jr. of Revere died following a long illness at the Whidden Memorial Hospital after being stricken unexpectedly at his Revere home on July 28. He was 81 years old.

He was born in East Boston and moved to Revere with his family more than 75 years ago. He was a 1948 graduate of Revere High School and soon after graduation joined the US Air Force (SAC) serving during the Korean Conflict for over six years.

A longshoreman for all of his working career and a member and past treasurer for more than 25 years of the International Association of Longshoremen, Local 805, he was also a member of the First Revere Chapter of the Ancient & Honorable Order of Hibernians and a 30-year member and Past Commander of the Pleasant Park Yacht Club of Winthrop.

He was the beloved husband of 60 years of Lorraine J. (Vaillant); the devoted father of Doranne J. Mattoon and her husband, Robert, of Greensboro, North Carolina, Mark F. Portalla of Revere and Craig C. Portalla and his wife, Elizabeth of Newburyport; cherished grandfather of: Lauren E., Ryan L. and William D. Portalla, all of Newburyport and Brendan R. and Patrick N. Mattoon, both of Greensboro, North Carolina; the dear brother of Mary Alongi of Kernersville, North Carolina, Donald Portalla and his wife, Corrine of Saugus, William Portalla and his wife, Elizabeth of Epping, NH, Charlotte Curley and her husband, Austin of Revere and Edward Portalla of Boston and the late Joseph Portalla and Louise Potenza. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Visiting hours will be today, Thursday, August 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals (Route 107) 773 Broadway, Revere. His Funeral will be conducted from the Funeral Home on Friday, August 3 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery, West Peabody. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Restoration Fund at St. Anthony’s Parish, 250 Revere St., Revere, MA 02151.

Charles ‘Charlie the Barber’ Zucco 

Orient Heights Square Legend 

Charles P. “Charlie the Barber” Zucco of Melrose, formerly of Orient Heights, East Boston, died on July 29, following a long illness. He was 74 years old.

“Charlie the Barber” was born and raised in East Boston, attended East Boston Schools and was a 1958 graduate of East Boston High School. He went on to graduate from N.E. School of Barbering, graduating in June of 1961. From October, 1961 through August of 1962 he served with the US Air Force during the Vietnam Era. He continued his service with the Air National Guard through 1968.

Early in his career, he was head barber and stylist for the former City-Mart Department Store in Downtown, Boston. In 1964, he opened his barber shop at the Orient Heights Square location on Bennington Street where he remained for 48 years until retiring because of failing health in May of 2011.

His parents, the late Peter and Grace (Crisafulli) Zucco were the founders and proprietors of “Gracie’s Bakery,” on the Orient Heigts-Winthrop Bridge, only yards away from what would one day be home to their son’s barber shop, “Charlie’s Barber Shop,” for 48 years.

Charlie’s shop was the hub of all things, newsy and social. He became a mentor to many, certainly a friend to many of the elderly clients he served, often serving them at their homes or in nursing facility, refusing any monetary renumeration.

As a young boy and all through high school, Charlie and his siblings worked in the ‘bakery’ after school on weekends and on school vacations. Over the year, his parents and siblings, and particularly Charlie, developed “Baker’s Lung Disease” from the flour and coal dust wich fueled the ovens. Little did any of the medical community at that time put much credence in the long-standing effects of working within those conditions.

He leaves his beloved wife of 45 years, Margaret “Peggy” (Pedersen) Zucco. After living in Orient Heights, East Boston they moved to Melrose in 1989 where they remained. He was the devoted father of Lisa M. Pirelli and her husband, Edward J. Jr. of Melrose and Peter L. Zucco and his partner, Paul J. Reardon of South Boston; dear brother of Julia “Sis” Bidmead and her husband, Warren T. of San Ramon, California and the late Dr. Angelo “Sonny” Zucco. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and cousins. He is especially survived by his two canine “Grandsons,” Max and Tucker, who brought him much joy and comfort over the past eight years.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) Revere today, Thursday, August 2 at 11 a.m., followed by the Funeral Service in the Funeral Home at 12 noon. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to the Hallmark Health VNA & Hospice Inc., 178 Savin St., Malden, Ma. 02148. For more information & directions: visit

Michael Ivaldi, Sr. 

Of Revere, Formerly of Winthrop 

Michael C. Ivaldi, Sr. of Revere, formerly of Winthrop, died suddenly on July 23. He was 38 years old.

Mr. Ivaldi was employed in the culinary arts.

He was the devoted father of Michael C. “The Boopa” Ivaldi, Jr. and boyfriend of Nichole Anderson, both of Revere. Born in Boston, he was the beloved son of Suzanne (Pires) Lentini and her husband, Gary of Marblehead and the late Richard B. Ivaldi Sr.; cherished grandson of Sara Ivaldi and the late Charles G. Ivaldi of S. Weymouth, formerly of Winthrop, and the late Alberto and Marie Pires; dear brother of Elena Ivaldi-Crowley and her husband, Stephen of South Weymouth, Richard B. Ivaldi Jr. of Marblehead, Nicole Ivaldi and John J. Recca Jr., both of Winthrop and Vanessa Recca of Chelsea. He was the uncle of many nieces and nephews and is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). For guestbook, go to

Lois Jackson 

Member of Many Winthrop Organizations 

Lois M. (Gilchrist) Jackson of Winthrop died at the East Pointe Nursing Home in Chelsea on July 26. She was 92 years old.

A member of the former First Baptist and Union Congregational Churches of Winthrop, she was a Deacon and a lifelong choir member and a member of the Union Congregational Church Woman’s Association, the Winthrop Chorale and the Winthrop Playmakers. Before she was married, she worked as a secretary and later in the 1990s she worked as a retail clerk at the former Rand’s Jewelers.

The beloved wife of the late M. Preston “Pete” Jackson, she was born in Revere, the daughter of the late Horace S. and Ida M. (Henderson) Gilchrist. She was the devoted mother of Marsha Jackson of Winthrop, Gail Soares and her late husband, John of Billerica, and Laurie Jackson and David VanWart of Winthrop; adored grandmother of David P. Jackson and his wife, Dawn of Rhode Island and the late Eric J. MacDonald; dear great-grandmother of Tori, Chris, Tyler and Chase Jackson and Alana Graham-Bell; dear sister of the late Ross Gilchrist and his late wife, Ruth, the late Norman Gilchrist and his late wife, Louise, the late Alan Gilchrist and his late wife, Ruth and the late John Stuart Gilchrist; sister-in-law of Janet Gilchrist of Merrimack, MA.

Her Funeral Service was held at the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in the Mass. National Cemetery in Bourne. Donations in her name may be made to the MBTA “The Ride” 10 Park Plaza Suite 3910, Boston, MA 02110 or the Alzheimer’s Assn. 311 Arsenal St. Watertown, MA 02472. For guestbook, go to

George Albert Hey 

Lifelong Lobsterman 

George Albert Hey died peacefully on July 23.

A graduate of Winthrop High Class of 1974 and Salem State College, George was a former Town of Winthrop Larson Rink Employee and a lifelong lobsterman.  He will be remembered for his jovial countenance, his love of the sea and his willingness to lend a helping hand.  He takes with him the enduring loyalty and affection of his steadfast lifelong friends.

He was the cherished son of the late Joseph and Hilda (Witham) Hey;  dear brother of Liz (Hey) DiBari and her husband, Tony Dunn;  devoted companion of Lena Quist and a friend to her son, Douglas Quist, both of Lowell; and uncle of Melissa (DiBari) Nowak, her husband Paul and their sons, Neville, Nicholas and Matthew of Winthrop.

A Celebration of his life will be held at the Winthrop Yacht Club in Centennial Hall on Sunday, August 5, at 12:30 p.m. Friends and family are invited to bring a picture or a “Monty Story”. Donations in his name may be to the Mass. Lobsterman’s Assn. Scholarship Fund, 8 Otis Pl. Scituate, MA 02066. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop.. For guestbook, go to

Ruth Webster

East Boston Resident 

Ruth E. (Corey) Webster of East Boston died on July 28.

She was the beloved wife of the late George; devoted mother of Debra Oliveri of Winthrop, Donna Roberts of New Hampshire and the late Lynne Webster, loving companion of the late George A. Bolognese; cherished grandmother of Amanda, Thomas, Tara, Michael, Dawn, Erika and the late Christopher and she also leaves many great grandchildren. She was the former wife of Wilber and the best friend of Barbara Deutch.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston. For more information:

Cynthia Palmer 

Winthrop Resident 

Cynthia (Goldberg) Palmer of Winthrop died on July 28.

She was the dear daughter of the late Jimmy and Blanche (Richmond) Goldberg; devoted mother of Marcy Kitai and Lisa Palmer Feinberg; proud grandmother of Dean and Ben Kitai and Perry, Justin, and Talia Feinberg and loving sister of Marion Sparr and the late Harris Goldberg.

Graveside services were held at Tifereth Israel of Winthrop Cemetery, Everett In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to a charity of your choice. Brezniak-Rodman Chapel

Eleanor Lawson 

Of Peabody, Formerly of Winthrop 

Eleanor (Sworin) Lawson of Peabody, formerly of Revere, Winthrop and Chelsea, died on July 26. She was 87 years old.

Born and educated in Chelsea, she graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1943 and was a member of the Jewish Women International, Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home Auxiliary, and Temple B’nai Israel of Beachmont.

She was the beloved wife of Martin Lawson; devoted mother of Bette Bissonnette and her husband, Tom, Bruce Lawson and his wife, Jane and Ronald Lawson and his wife, Susan; loving daughter of the late Barney Sworin and Ida (Rosen); dear sister of Belle Cohen and the late Rose Aronson and loving grandmother of Adam, Alexander and Dvorah.

Burial was at Mishna Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to the Woodbridge Assisted Living, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody, MA 01960. For online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at:

Ralph Correale 

East Boston Resident 

Ralph Correale of East Boston died on July 25.

The former proprietor of Gold Fish, he was the beloved husband of Ruth (Morton) Correale with whom he shared 61 years of marriage; loving father of Ruth Anne Pavila and her husband, Ari of East Boston, Robert Correale and his wife, Rose of Peabody and the late Ralph C. and David J. Correale; dear brother of Anthony Correale, Dorothy Gobiel and Carmela Calvino, all of Peabody, Phyllis Curtis of New Hampshire, Marie Goldspring of East Boston and the late Domenic Correale; cherished grandfather of Ariana Pavlis, Peter Pavlis and Robert and Ryan Correale.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, Floor 6, Brookline, MA 02445-9924. For guest book:

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