Obituaries 08-15-2019

Aramis Raul Ayala Genta

Former Professional Soccer Player and 29-Year Bioran/Quest Diagnostics Employee

Aramis Raul Ayala Genta of Swampscott, formerly of East Boston, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 4 at the Bertram House in Swampscott after a long illness. He was 79 years old.

Born and raised in Montevideo, Uruguay, Raul was a distinguished professional soccer player who played for teams in Uruguay (Danubio), Ecuador (America) and the U.S.  He was a member of the Philadelphia Ukrainians team that won the 1966 U.S. Open Cup Soccer Championship and also played in Boston for the Boston Tigers. 

After retiring as a professional, he continued to participate in local leagues, both as a player and coach, while working for Chas. T. Main and Bioran/Quest Diagnostics, the latter for 29 years.  He was grateful for the wonderful experiences playing soccer afforded him including the formation of deep friendships with both teammates and opposing players, visiting many interesting regions of the world, and most importantly, meeting his future wife in Ecuador.   

Always humble about sharing his own accomplishments on the pitch, his friends would nevertheless be quick to share anecdotes about how Pelécalled him a great player or how he would practice with Bobby Orr to train for their respective sports.   His passion for soccer, and sports in general, was exceeded only by his love for his family and friends who greatly admired his keen intelligence, sharp wit and sweet and generous spirit. 

He is survived by his beloved sweetheart and wife of 52 years, Aida M. Ayala (Enriquez) of East Boston.  He was the adored father of Ann Cristina and Scott Macey, Susan and Jarrett Bridge (all of Swampscott) and James Ayala (of East Boston) and the cherished grandfather of Kaitlin and Alexander Macey and Elijah Aramis and Tyler Bridge.   He will also be missed by his dear brothers, Orlando Nelson and Uruguay Mario, as well as his caring cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Juan Manuel Ayala and Maria Aurora Genta de Ayala and his brother, Omar Manuell all of Uruguay.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in Swampscott Cemetery, Swampscott.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org). 

His family would like to thank Bertram House of Swampscott and Care Dimensions for their care and support during his illness.

For more information, visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com.

Donald Martini

Of East Boston

Donald Martini of East Boston passed away peacefully on August 6.

The cherished son of the late Jerry and Assunta “Susie” (Capozzi) Martini, he was the devoted husband of the late Rosann “Roro” (Celona) Martini, dear brother of Barbara Lambright and her husband, Robert of Revere and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. For guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com.

Gloria Evendoll

Target Stores Retiree and Member of the LoPresti Family of East Boston

Family and friends are invited to attend Memorial Visiting Hours on Friday, August 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) Revere for Gloria K. “Bunny” (LoPresti) Evendoll, who passed following a brief illness on Saturday, August 10 at N.E. Tuft’s Medical Center of Boston. She was 86 years old.

A Memorial Funeral Service will be held in the funeral home following the visitation on Friday at 7:15 p.m. Interment will be held privately.

Gloria “Bunny” was born in Boston’s West End, attended Boston schools and was a 1950 graduate of Girls’ High of Boston. The family lived in Boston’s West End until moving to East Boston in the fall of 1950. The family remained in East Boston until moving to Revere in 1989, where she lived until her passing.

“Bunny,” as she was affectionately known, retired from the Target Store in Revere after 15 years of service where she was the supervisor of the “fitting room” and earned the title of “Queen of the Fitting Room,” alluding to her “high command” and constant work ethic.

Gloria also was a long-time member of the Ladies of the Moose – Revere Lodge # 1272, the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and the Red Hat Society.

The daughter of the late Michael LoPresti, Sr. and Anna (Katon) LoPresti, she leaves her devoted son, Michael S. Evendoll and his wife, Jodi A. of Revere. She was the cherished grandmother to Kristen Sheran of East Boston and adopted grandmother to Mathew R. Carr, Daniel J. O’Leary, Krys O’Leary, Joshua O’Leary of Revere and Kaylene Sheran of East Boston; the dear sister of  Vincent “Sonny” LoPresti and his wife, Patricia of Stoneham, Anna Todesca and her late husband, Ed of Orient Heights, East Boston and the late Senator Michael LoPresti, Jr. She is also lovingly survived by her sister-in-law, Ann Marie “Candy” LoPresti of East Boston and by many caring nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 424 East 92nd St., New York, NY 10128-6804. For more information, please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com.

Arnold Massirman

2/13/1921 – 8/12/2019

Arnold Massirman of Florida, formerly of Chelsea, passed away on Monday, Aug. 12, peacefully in his sleep. He was 98 years old. We are all very grateful to have spent so much quality time with him for so long.

He was the beloved son of Joseph and Sarah Massirman from Kiev, Ukraine. He was born in Chelsea  and attended Chelsea High School where he lettered in basketball. He then went to Northeastern Law School nights, but enlisted in the military before he could finish. Arnold served his country in World War II as a PT boat sub chaser in the Aleutian Islands and was a member of the SeaBees.  He attended graduate school at Notre Dame University and retired from the Navy as a Lieutenant.  

He worked in his family business Superior Column & Distributing from after the war until he sold the business in the early 70s and retired to Boca Raton, Florida to be with his family and the love of his life golf!.

Arnold was a tall strapping handsome man. He was a leader, a fighter and advocate for safe vehicles on the highway. He communicated ideas and supported Ralph Nader in his book “Unsafe at any Speed.” He formed an organization called SANE. Safe Automobiles National Enlistment for which he tirelessly lobbied and wrote to politicians, NTSB, police departments, schools and offered materials for lectures on safe driving.

He loved his hometown of Chelsea and even donated police cars and jaws of life to local Police and Fire Departments when they could not afford them. What his family and friends will remember most is his incredible generosity, unrelenting sense of humor, professional joke telling ability, loving care and appreciation for his children. 

Arnold is survived by daughters: Karen and Janet, sons Dana (Soraia) and Jay (Lisa); grandchildren: Drew, Jordan, Austin, Sarah, Emily, Rylan and Darin and several great grandchildren. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his sisters, Helen Gale and Pearl Miller.   

Services will be held at Temple Beth Am, Pinecrest, Fl,  Wednesday August 14 at 10:30  a.m.. In lieu of flowers,  please send contributions to: Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation;  www.mchf.org.

Holly Altri

Now at Peace in Heaven

Funeral Services were held privately for Holly A. (Parkins – Hennessy) Altri, who died following a brief illness on Tuesday, July 23 at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston with her mother by her side. She was 47 years old.

Holly was born in Dallas, Texas, and later moved to New Orleans with her parents. As a young girl, she and her family moved to East Boston, where she remained throughout her education.

She attended St. John’s School in Boston and East Boston High School. When Holly moved to Jeffries Point in East Boston she made friends very quickly with her southern accent, blonde hair, witty sense of humor and personality. Holly enjoyed spending time with her friends and making new ones. She was always looking to make people laugh and just having a good time and enjoying life. Holly later settled in Winthrop, where she raised her son, Christopher. As a young mother, she worked various jobs trying her best to be a good mother and provider for herself and her son. She later had two more children, Amber and Jacob and then moved to Maine.

Life became difficult for Holly, she lost her firstborn son, Chris — the tragedy was devastating and unfortunately her life would never be the same. Life became a challenge for Holly and her health became debilitating. A life that was once filled with promise and endless possibilities became difficult and filled with obstacles that were overbearing. Holly is now at peace in Heaven with her son Chris, and her eternal life is filled with every dream and wish attained that she did not have here on earth.

She was the beloved daughter of Victoria (Houston) Neary and her husband, Frederick of Dallas, TX; the loving mother of Amber Altri – Church and Jacob Altri – Church both of Waterville, ME and the late Christopher J. Kjersgard. She was the proud grandmother of one grandson, the dear sister of Richard Houston – Garcia and his companion, Kristie of Yonkers, NY and is also lovingly survived by her nephew, Logan Garcia. She was also a friend to many.

Remembrances may be made to Rosie’s Place, 889 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02118.     

Funeral arrangements under the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals of Revere. For online guestbook, please visit www.vertuccioandsmithc.com.

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