Obituaries 04-05-2017

Gail Bernice Sweezey

Retired Registered Nurse

Gail Bernice (Stewart) Sweezey passed away on March 24 surrounded by her family. She was 70 years old.

Gail was born on December 13, 1946 in Everett to the late Robert Joseph   Stewart  and  Alice   Bernice   Stewart.   She   was   a   proud graduate of University of Massachusetts in Boston with a degree in Registered Nursing which she practiced for over 30 years. She was an amazing person and a loving

wife, mother and grandmother. Gail’s, family and friends will always remember the

wonderful times spent with her, especially when they were together at the beach.

She is survived by her husband, John Sweezey; her daughters: Wendy Lamontage,

Darlene Pulisciano, Charlene Coulliard and Kerry Sweezey and nine grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her son Robert Pulisciano who is survived by his wife, Tanya.

Gail also leaves behind her constant companion, Lilly, her cat.

Rose MacDonald

Popular 20-year Revere Cub Scout Den Mother, passed away on her 89th birthday


Rose G. (Dutra) MacDonald of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died unexpectedly following a brief illness on her 89th birthday, Thursday, March 30.

Born and raised in East Boston, she was educated in East Boston Schools and was a 1946 graduate of East Boston High School.  She and her husband moved to Revere more than 60 years ago.

From early in her working career, she worked in Boston’s bookbinding district, close to South Boston. She maintained her position in that industry until the late seventies. And, along with maintaining a full time job, a family of four children, a husband and extended family, she was a Cub Scout Mother in Revere for more than 20 years. She was one of the most popular den mothers because of her dedication to her troop and the constant and varied activities she provided for them. Mrs. MacDonald was a ‘Master at Crafts,’ developing exciting new methods of activity for her troop.

And, if that was not enough for a full schedule, she was a devotee of the Immaculate Conception Parish Community. As a member of the Boston Den Mothers Association, she was set to train other women to become as spectacular den mothers as she was.

The wife of the late Jerome A. MacDonald who died on February 5, 2010, she was the cherished mother of: Daniel J. MacDonald and his wife, Marjorie of Malden, James E. MacDonald and his wife, Stacey of Saugus,  Retired US Navy Chief Petty Officer Kenneth P. MacDonald and his wife, Lori of Oxnard, California and  Geri-Lynne Bechat and her husband, Hanson of Tewksbury; the devoted grandmother of: Samantha, Aaron, Jonathan, Joseph, Tori, Allyson and Sydney; the dear sister of Dennis Dutra and his wife, Sandra of Revere, Robert Dutra and  his wife, Johanna of Medford and the late: Dorothy Pope, William Dutra, Eleanor Russo, John Dutra and Adelaide Doyle. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Her Funeral will be conducted from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere today, Wednesday, April 5 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue) Revere at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For additional information, please visit:

Edward Leo

“Eddie” Onessimo

Of Revere, formerly of Florida and the North End of Boston

Edward Leo “Eddie” Onessimo of Revere, formerly of Sparr, Florida and the North End of Boston, passed away unexpectedly on March 26.

He was the devoted husband of the late Felice (Doucette), beloved father of Edward L. Onessimo Jr. and his wife, Laura of Milton, dear brother of Joseph, Richard, Thomas and Vincent Onessimo, Constance Casto, Irene Carini, Lillian Parziale and the late Jeanette, Salvatore, Angelo, Anthony, Henry and William Onessimo and adored grandfather of Dean and Gabrielle Onessimo. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston.  Services concluded with his being laid to rest with his beloved wife Felice in the Mausoleum at Holy Cross Cemetery, may they both rest in peace. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health, 125 Nashua Street, Boston, MA 02114. For more information, please go to

Maria Contardi

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Maria T. (Palermo) of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away on April 1.

The former wife of Antonio Contardi, she was the dear companion of the late John Santangelo, loving mother of Linda Turner and her husband, John of Salem; cherished sister of Robert D. Palermo and his wife, Susann of Lynnfield and the late Vincent J. Palermo and his wife, Barbara of Long Island, N.Y. She is also survived by several loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Maria’s life by gathering on Thursday, April 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston and again at 9:30 a.m. on Friday morning before leaving in procession to the Immaculate Conception Church, 127 Winthrop Avenue, Revere for a Funeral Mass in celebration of Maria’s life at 10:30 a.m. Services will conclude with Maria being laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donation’s in Maria’s memory may be made to Cops for Kids with Cancer 1492 Washington St. Canton, MA 02021. For complimentary transportation to the funeral home please call 617-569-0990. For more information, please visit

Edward DeStasio

Of Revere

Edward M. DeStasio of Revere passed away peacefully on March 29 in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital after a brief illness.

Family and friends will honor Edward’s life by gathering in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston today, Wednesday, April 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:45 p.m. In honor of Edward and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Kidney Foundation. For details and more information, please go to:

Marybelle Leimonas

Retired social worker

Marybelle Leimonas of Trenton Street, East Boston passed away at the Don Orione Nursing Home in East Boston on March 27. She was 73 years old.

Born in Braintree, the beloved daughter of the late Faustina (Maffei) and Harris Belcher, prior to her retirement, she was employed as a social worker for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She was the loving mother of Jonathan Belcher of East Boston and is survived by many loving cousins.

Services were private. Memorial donations may be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center at

Arrangements were under the directions of the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop. To sign the online guestbook, go to

William ‘Billy’ DiLorenzo, Jr.

Past BU All American Athlete, coach who gave 41 years of service to the children of Boston

William “Billy” DiLorenzo, Jr. of East Boston passed away at home on Tuesday, March 28. He was 76 years old.

Late Boston University all American Athlete, Past Coach of Boston Technical and East Boston High School Track and Field who gave 41 years of service to the children of Boston.  He enjoyed scuba diving and clamming, was an avid collector of stamps and coin and his biggest love was boating with his nephew, Dante in the waters off East Falmouth.

The cherished and devoted son of the late William Sr. and Marie “Alice” DiLorenzo, he was the dear

brother of Coach Donnie DiLorenzo of East Boston, and caring brother in law of Claudia DiLorenzo and his adored nephew Dante DiLorenzo, both of Danvers. He is also lovingly survived by many cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Billy’s name to St Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 ST. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 38105-9959. For guest book:

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