Obituaries 11-01-2012

Rita Dente

Chelsea Resident

Rita M. (Bradley) Dente of Chelsea died on October 26.

She was the beloved wife of 61 years of Christe Dente Sr. of Chelsea; devoted mother of Rita Pearson and her husband, Roy of Gloucester, Susan Pennell of Haverhill, Christe Dente Jr. of Melrose and Lisa Feeley and her husband, Ray of Winthrop; cherished grandmother of Leighann Twist, Crystal McCarthy, Roy Pearson III, Ricky Pennell, Shannon Feeley, Amanda Dente, Ray Feeley and Christopher Dente; dear sister of Dorothy Sena of Revere, Robert “Duke” Bradley of Chelsea, the late William, Herbert, Lawrence “Eddie”, Gerald, Richard “Tootsie” and Hugh Bradley.

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

Sabatino ‘Ben’ Marcucci

Owned Ben’s Auto Body in East Boston

Sabatino “Ben” Marcucci of Winthrop died on October 24. He was 84 years old.

Ben, who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, was the late owner of Ben’s Auto Body in East Boston and a late member of the Winthrop Golf Club and the Beachmont VFW.

He was the beloved husband of Irene T. (Romano) Marcucci; loving father of Michele Wilson and her husband, Robert of Winthrop and the late Michael Marcucci; dear brother of Umberto “Bert” Marcucci and his wife, Jean, Angela LeBlanc and her husband, Arthur all of Kennebunk, ME and the late Camille DiRuzza. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Porcella Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the charity of your choice . For

Dominic Cerulli


Dominic Cerulli of Ossining, New York passed away at the Phelps Memorial Hospital in Tarrytown, New York on October 23 after a long illness. He was 85 years old.

He enlisted in the US Navy during World War II and upon his discharge went on to become a reporter for UPI in Boston, covering local news. He worked as a reporter and freelance cartoonist for the Boston Globe for several years and then went on to work for, Downbeat Magazine, Warner Bros. Records, RCA records, Columbia Records and Reader’s Digest. After leaving Reader’s Digest, he became the Vice President/Creative director for Glolier Enterprises where he created Direct Mail for books, book clubs and catalogs. He also wrote music related articles for Playboy, Show Business Illustrated, Roque, Monsieur and International Musician and a Freelance Creative Director for the Franklin Mint, Colonial Penn Life Insurance Co., Music For Your Life, Cancer Care Hume Publishing and others.
Born in East Boston, he was the beloved son of the late Rose (Muto) and Ralph F. Cerulli.
He was the devoted husband of Dolores (Costa) and the loving father of Mark Cerulli and his wife, Sandra and Garrett Cerulli and his wife, Susanna and the cherished grandfather of Erik. He 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 the Cross St. section of Winthrop Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011. To sign the online guestbook go to

Carmine Bruno

Past Commander of VFW-Mottollo Post, Past All-State VFW Commander

Carmine A. Bruno, a lifelong resident of Revere, died after a long illness at the home of his son, David, in Billerica on October 23. He was 85 years old.

Born in Boston and a 1945 graduate of Revere High School, he spent most of his working career  as a truck driver, driving for private utilities. He then worked as a bartender.

He served with the US Marines during World War II from June of 1945 until June of 1949 as a Private First Class – Rifleman. He was a life member of the VFW-Mottollo Post #4524 and served as Commander from 1975 to 1976 and All State Commander of the VFW from 1977 to 1979. He was also a long time member of the “China Marine Association-USA.”

The beloved husband of 53 years of Bella P. (Karelas) Bruno, he was the devoted father of Janet Messina and her husband, David of Byfield, Karen Quinteros and her husband, Edward of San Antonio, Texas, Joseph A. Bruno and his wife, Mary and Margaret “Peggy” Fallon and her husband, Daniel, all of Lynnfield, Stephen S. Bruno of Boston and David C. Bruno and his wife, Maribeth of Billerica; the dear brother of Maura Ambrosino and her husband, Alphonse of Winthrop and the late Marion Cozad and her late husband, Robert. He is also lovingly survived by eight granddaughters, three great granddaughters and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Funeral Mass on Saturday, November 3 at 11 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere Street, Revere. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908. Arrangements are by the Vertuccio&Smith Home for Funerals of Revere. Visit:

Elizabeth Sirignano

Winthrop Resident

Elizabeth F. Sirignano of Winthrop  passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital on October 28. She was 88 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Albert A. Sirignano, she was born in Boston, the daughter of the late Max and Mildred (Mosher) Goldberg; devoted mother of Lois O’Connell and her husband, John “Jack” of Winthrop and the late Kristina Dolloff of Wakefield; adored grandmother of Richard Oliver Jr. of Revere, Liza Vaughn of Wakefield, and Alanna O’Connell of Winthrop; cherished great-grandmother of Kenneth Vaughn Jr., Ava Vaughn, and Jake Vaughn, all of Wakefield and Dominic Oliver of Revere.

Memorial visiting hours will be held at the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop today, Thursday, November 1 between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Donations in her name may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl. Memphis, TN, 38105 or to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Care Facility, 17 Lafayette St., Chelsea, MA. 02150. For guestbook and directions, visit

Judith Gaffney

Retired Educator

Judith A. Gaffney of Winthrop passed away at her home on October 27.She was 69 years old.

“Judy” was a member of the Cottage Park Yacht Club, Winthrop Yacht Club, Winthrop Library Book Club, and the Literary Authors Group of Winthrop. She also assisted with the Winthrop/Chelsea Elder Services. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as an Educator for the Saugus Public School System.

She was the beloved wife of Keith W. O’Brien. Dear sister of Paul Gaffney of Winthrop, and the late Richard Gaffney. Born in Cambridge, she was the cherished daughter of the late Paul C. and Ethel (Fitzgerald) Gaffney.

Funeral arrangements were from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop.  Cremation was private. Burial in the family plot in Winthrop Cemetery will take place at a later date. For guestbook, visit

Debra ‘Debbi’ Morabito

Wife of Former Owner of Art Tone Studio, Revere

Debra “Debbi” (Braccia) Morabito, wife of the former owner of Art Tone Studio of Revere,

has lost her long battle with ovarian cancer. She was 58 years old.

She passed away quietly surrounded by family and friends.

Formerly of East Boston, she was diagnosed with cancer on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 and courageously battled her disease until succumbing to her sickness on October 23 at 4:55 p.m. at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center in Revere, the very place she was employed until the day she was diagnosed with her disease.

Debbi will always be remembered at Revere Beach, walking or sunbathing, as she loved the summertime.  She was also a lover of the holiday season, especially Halloween.  Debbi and Lenny met and had their first date on Halloween of 1981 and were married on October 14, 1983.  The couple had just celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary.

She is survived by her husband, Leonard “Lenny” Morabito of Revere, her loving brother Michael “Mike” Braccia of East Boston, and her loving daughter, Amanda Morabito of Revere and by many relatives and friends.

Her wake was held at Vazza’s funeral home on Beach St. in Revere on October 30th and funeral mass was celebrated on October 31 at St. Anthony’s Church in Revere.

Dorothy Gillis

Chelsea Resident

Dorothy D. (Nuzzo) Gillis of Chelsea died on October 30.

She was the devoted wife of the late Richard E. Gillis, Sr., beloved mother of Richard E. Gillis, Jr. of Chelsea, Stephen Gillis of Falmouth and the late Cheryl Gillis, Paula Hensley, Paul Gillis and Gino Gillis; sister of Rocco Nuzzo of Andover, Daniel Nuzzo of the North End, Camile Nuzzo of California, Lorraine Visconti of Chelsea, Rosemarie DiGitano of Winthrop, Natalie Dello Iacono of New Hampshire and the late Francis Nuzzo; cherished grandmother of Tiffany, Amanda, TJ, Dylan, Seth, Gino, Jr. and Gage and is also lovingly survived by her great grandchildren DySiah, Jazmani and Greyson, as well as many nieces and nephews. Family and friends are kindly invited to attend her Funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Friday, November 2 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols Street, Chelsea at 10:30 a.m. Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home are today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Committal Services are private. Smith Funeral Home 617-889-1177

Josephine ‘Eddie’ Perrotti

Charlestown Resident

Josephine T. “Eddie” (Fitzgibbons) Perrotti  of Charlestown died on October 29. She was 86 years old.

A member of The Old Charlestown Schoolgirls Association and the Golden Age Center, she was the beloved wife of the late Jaffrie A. Perrotti; devoted mother of Ralph Perrotti of Revere, Jeff Perrotti (Winthrop Fire Department) and his wife, Susan of Winthrop and Eda Perrotti and her husband, Robert Zelandi of East Boston; loving Grandma to Amy, Jennifer, Ralph, Jaffrie A. III., Jena, Matthew, Isabella, Michael and her great-grandson; Ryan; beloved sister of the late Margaret White, Frances Griffiths, James and Joseph Fitzgibbons. She also leaves many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral on Saturday at 9 a.m. from the Frank H. Carr Funeral Home, 220 Bunker Hill St., Charlestown followed by her Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church, 55 Warren St., Charlestown at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Visiting hours are Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home. For obituary, directions & online condolences, please visit

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