Obituaries 03-18-2020

Margaret Benitez
Lifelong East Boston resident

Margaret (Panto) Benitez, a life-long resident of East Boston, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on March 14 at the age of 90.
The beloved wife of the late Joseph Benitez Sr., she was the devoted mother of Joseph Benitez Jr. of East Boston and the late Mercedes Benitez, dear sister of the late Joseph Panto, Charles Panto, Isabella Greco, Frank Panto, Sally Joslin, Josephine Cardinale, Frances Barbarisi, Mary DeSimone, Gloria Storniolo and Rosalie Milano and adored grandmother of Brittany Forlizzi and Christina Kjersgard. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
In accordance with the CDC, Mass. Department of Public Health, Archdiocese of Boston guidelines and local restrictions on gatherings
and congregations due to COVID-19, all services will be held for the immediate family privately. If you have any questions, please contact the funeral home during normal business hours.
Mrs. Benitez will be laid to rest with her beloved husband Joseph at Woodlawn Cemetery. For more information or to send an online condolence, visit

Frances DiPlatzi
Will be missed by all who knew her

Frances (Ferrera) DiPlatzi of Revere died on March 13 at the age of 68.
Frances was born in Cambridge on Sept. 13, 1951, to the late Antonio Ferrera and Theresa Ferrera- Osoling. She is survived by her longtime companion of 42 years, William Botelho.
She was the cherished mother of Michael DiPlatzi and his fianceé, Justine Drinkwater, adored grandmother of Mikayla and Justin DiPlatzi, dear sister of Millie Lodin of Franklin and Patricia Buontempo and her husband, Albert of Revere and beloved aunt of Anthony Buontempo. Frances
truly will be missed by all who knew her.
In light of the recent developments with the Coronavirus (Covid-19), all funeral services were privately held with arrangements by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons, Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 02102. For guest book, please visit

Dante Memmolo, Jr.
Retired Dental Industry Sales Rep.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in Sacred Heart Church, East Boston on March 16 for Dante M. Memmolo Jr., who passed away at St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River on March 11. He was 75 years old.
Dante had a lifelong career in the dental industry as a sales representative and covered territory in New England, upstate New York and the South. His companies included SS White, Rower (Healthco) Dental, Henry J. Bosworth and Dux Dental.
In his retirement, Dante enjoyed a part-time job as a sales associate for Brooks Brothers at the Premium Outlets in Merrimack, N.H., while continuing as an independent representative of dental products.
Dante loved meeting people. His sense of humor and ability to engage others allowed him to easily turn strangers into friends. Photography became his passion upon retirement. He sought opportunities to learn and practice new skills, excelling in night photography and cityscapes.
Dante was a daily walker, enjoyed folk music, travel, and spending time with family and friends.  
Dante was proud to serve his country in the Massachusetts Air National Guard with his father and brothers. He was keenly interested in aviation history and served as Vice President of the Massachusetts Air National Guard Historical Association.
The devoted son of the late Lt. Col. Dante M. Memmolo and Mary R. (Laurano) Memmolo, he was the cherished brother of Mary Jane Marcucci of Newburyport and Margaret A. Shand (Michael) of Barrington, R.I. Dante was predeceased by his brother, Michael and his twin, Anthony.
He was the beloved nephew of Stanley Buonagurio and Gloria Laurano, both of East Boston, dear brother-in-law of Patricia Memmolo of Bradenton, Fla., and adored uncle of Michael Memmolo (Tricia) of Tigard, Ore., Andrea Currier (Michael) of Bradenton, Fla., David Memmolo (Jessica) of Oceanside,
Calif., Mary Canelas (Paul) of Hudson, N.H., Annemarie Butler (Bret) of Newburyport, Jayne Millerick of Bow, N.H., Elizabeth Marcucci of Epping, N.H., Benjamin Shand of New York City and Grace Shand of Providence, R.I. He is also lovingly survived by many grandnieces, grandnephews, treasured cousins, friends and colleagues.
Remembrances may be made to Massachusetts Air National Guard Historical Association (MANGHA), Inc., P.O. Box 38, 158 Reilly St., Otis ANGB, MA 02542. To online condolences, please visit Funeral Arrangements were under the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, Revere.

Robert Kyle
Of New Hampshire, formerly of Revere

Bartlett, N.H., formerly of Revere, passed away on March 4.
He was the beloved husband of the late Wanda (Skovinski) Kyle, devoted
father of Robert S. Kyle and his wife, Keri of Tewksbury, Danielle Day and her husband, Bill of Revere and Rachelle Marasca and her husband, Mark of Epping, N.H.; dear brother of Kenneth Kyle and his wife, Patricia of Georgetown, formerly of Revere and cherished grandfather of Christian, Mark, Megan, Dillan and Ethan. Robert is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.
A Visitation will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons ~ Bruno Funeral,
Home 128 Revere Street, Revere, on Sunday, March 22, from 2 to 5 p.m., followed by Prayer Service in the Funeral Home at 5 p.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. At the family’s request and in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Robert’s memory to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or at For guest book, please visit

Marie Mottola
Longtime Revere hairdresser and Rosetti Senior Center volunteer

Marie “Palmie” (Belmonte)
Mottola, a lifelong resident of Revere, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on March 13 at the age of 91.
Marie was a local hairdresser on Beach Street, Revere, for many years. She enjoyed her volunteer work with the Rosseti Senior Center, where many friendships were formed. Marie had a strong faith, and would recite the rosary daily. Her famous line was “You Other One.” Palmie will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
Born in Revere on Sept. 8, 1928, to the late Joseph and Anna (Caruso) Belmonte, she was the beloved wife of the late Angelo “Sonny,” devoted mother of Jean Mottola of Lynn, formerly of Revere, Ernest “Ernie” Mottola and his wife, Donna of Seabrook, N.H., and Joseph Mottola and his wife, Andrea of Revere; cherished grandmother of eight and adoring great-grandmother of five; the dear sister of Deacon Joseph Belmonte and his wife, Barbara of Peabody and the late Angela Carnavale.
She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
In light of the recent developments with the Coronavirus (Covid-19), all funeral services were privately held. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452. For guest book, please visit

Amy Hanton
Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Amy Hanton of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away peacefully at the Salem Hospital surrounded by her loving family on March 16.
She was the loving daughter of the late George and Maria (Spada) Hanton, wife of Orlando Solis, loving mother of Alec Gonzalez, dear sister of Michelle Varano and her husband, Nick, adored granddaughter of the late Louis and Margaret Spada and fond aunt of Nico and Marina Varano.
Family and friends will honor Amy’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston today, Wednesday, March 18 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in celebration of Amy’s life at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church Brooks St., East Boston. Services will conclude with Amy being laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery.

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