Obituaries 06-27-2013

Rose Cali

Devoted Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother

Rose Cali, an East Boston native who lived in Revere for more than 40 years before moving to Malden, died on Tuesday, June 25 at the Glenridge Nursing & Care Center of Medford following a long illness. She was 86 years old.

Born and raised in Somerville, she attended schools there before moving to East Boston as a young girl. She lived in East Boston for many years until moving to Revere in 1959 where she and her family remained until 1997. She then moved to Malden where she lived until her death

A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, she was the cherished wife of 67 years to Frank S. Cali and the devoted mother of: Vincent A. “Jimmy” Cali and his wife, Paula B. of Peabody, formerly of Revere and Antoinette “Ann” Moody and her husband, Timothy of Wakefield. She was the adored grandmother of Mary Rose Burrows and her husband, Brian of Dover, NH, Kristen R. Cali of Revere, Timothy Moody, III and  his wife, Deborah of New Hampshire, Kerri A. Hurley and her husband, Jason of Revere, Brian V. Cali and his wife, Roxanne of Templeton and Dawn Moody of Malden. Fourteen great grandchildren also survive her.

Family and friends are invited to visit with the family today, Thursday, June 27 in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere beginning at 9:30 a.m. A Funeral Mass will follow at 12 noon at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St., Revere. Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to your favorite charity. For more information, please visit:

Sarah Pallin

Of Belmont, formerly of Winthrop

Sarah (Gilbert) Pallin of Belmont, formerly of Winthrop, died on Thursday, June 20.

The beloved wife of the late William Pallin, she was the devoted mother of Susan P. Ellin and her husband, Philip of Winthrop and Jewel Gilbert and her partner, Dr. Cheryl Giles of Belmont; loving daughter of the late Edward Gilbert and Gussie (Port); dear sister of Charles Gilbert of Brookline and the late Froomie Cohen and the late John Gilbert; loving grandmother of Gregory VanKooiman and great-grandmother of Samantha and Dayna VanKooiman.

Services were held at the Torf Funeral Chapel, 151 Washington Avenue, Cary Square, Chelsea on June 23. Interment was in Chevra Mishna Cemetery, Lynn. Contributions in Sarah’s memory may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, 17 Lafayette Avenue, Chelsea, MA or to the charity of one’s choice. Visit for guest book.

James Donovan

Retired Winthrop Firefighter

James A. Donovan, a lifelong resident of Winthrop, passed away on June 24 after a long illness. He was 78 years old.

Born in East Boston, the devoted son of the late James H. Donovan and Anna L. (Pagliarulo), he came to Winthrop as a child, attended the Winthrop School System and graduated from Winthrop High School, Class of 1954.

After graduation, he enlisted in and spent three years in the US Marine Corps before being honorably discharged in 1957. He came home, joined the Winthrop Police Force and later transferred into the Winthrop Fire Department until his retirement.

He was a Life Member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks #1078, an avid New York Giants fan and a member of the New England Chapter of the NY Giants Fan Club.

He is survived by four sons and five daughters: Lisa Creighton and her husband, Peter, of Webster, Chris Cunningham and her husband, Scott of Framingham, Shawn Donovan and his wife, Toni of Montana, Kelly Medeiros and her husband, Richard of Pittsburg, Lori Donovan Whalen and her fiancé, Mike of Hopkinton,  Patrick Donovan of Framingham, Suzanne Gallo and her husband, Kurt of Hopkinton and Jonathan Donovan of Portsmouth, RI. He was the loving brother of the late Anna Donovan and is also survived by 17 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

His Funeral will be held from the Joseph R. Frazier Funeral Home, 174 Winthrop St., Winthrop today, Thursday, June 27 at 10:45 a.m. followed by a Mass at St John’s at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be in Winthrop Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy in Jim’s memory may be donated to The Viking Pride Foundation, P.O. Box 37, Winthrop, MA 02152.

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