Obituaries 10-21-2020

Eleanor Caruso

Lifelong Resident of East Boston

Eleanor M. Caruso, 90, a lifelong resident of East Boston, passed away on Thursday, October 1 at her daughter’s home in Salem, NH.

Mrs. Caruso was the beloved wife of the late Ernest, loving mother of Patricia Swan and her husband, Ed of Salem, NH and Janet Bright and her husband, Dan of Shapleigh, ME; adored grandma to Danny Bright and his wife, Claudette, Laurie Guange and her husband, Anthony and Michelle Swan and her companion, Jason Morin; special great grandma to Brea and William Bright and Anthony Guange and loving sister of MaryLou Cogliano of East Boston.

Funeral arrangements were by the Dewhirst & Boles Funeral Home, 80 Broadway, Methuen. Entombment was at Holy Cross Cemetery Mausoleum, Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack Street, Building 9, Lawrence, MA  01843. To leave an online condolence, please visit Eleanor’s tribute page at

Lena DeVita

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Lena “Pasqualina” (Carpiniello) DeVita of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away on October 17. 

The beloved daughter of Antonio and Maria (Fasano) Carpiniello, she was the loving wife of the late Carmelo DeVita, adored mother of Guy DeVita of Revere, Anthony DeVita and his wife, Linda of East Boston, Robert DeVita of Las Vegas and the late Paul DeVita; dear sister of Pasquale Carpiniello and his wife, Petrina of Middleton and formerly of Revere, the late Filomena Serraino and her husband, Antonio and the late Lucrezia Agosto and husband, Nicole. 

She is also survived by loving nieces and nephews. 

The family will receive visitors on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the J.S. Waterman-Langone Chapel, 580 Commercial St., Boston.  Parking attendants at front door.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated after visitation at 11 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 350 Revere St., Revere.  Services will conclude with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Lena’s memory may be made to St. Jude Society, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.  For online condolences and/or directions, please visit: 

J.S. Waterman-Langone Chapel


Michael Lucente, Sr.

His Italian Traditions Were Passed on to His Family Who Will Continue His Legacy

Michael Lucente, Sr. passed away on October 15 at the age of 90.

Born in Acerenza, Italy on November 13, 1929 to the late Canio and Antonia (Miglionico), he was the beloved husband of 57 years of the late Rita (Napoleone), devoted father of Anthony Lucente of Wakefield, Gina (Lucente) Farrell and her husband, Stephen of Wakefield and Michael Lucente Jr. and his wife, Renee (La Voie) of Westford; cherished grandfather of Kaitlin (Farrell) Dolan and her husband, Michael of Wakefield, Kathleen Farrell of Wakefield, and Nicole, Marissa and Michael Lucente III, all of Westford and adored great grandfather of Madelyn Grace Dolan and the dear brother of the late Maria DeBonis. He is also survived by five loving nieces in the United States and many loving family members in Italy.

Michael (Mike) spent his early years in the beautiful town of Acerenza in Southern Italy. While growing up in Italy he was trained as a blacksmith. Following World War II, at the age of 18, he immigrated to the United States arriving at Ellis Island in 1948. After arriving in the US, he lived with his father in East Boston and met his beautiful wife, Rita during a visit to Revere Beach.

After marrying, Mike and Rita lived for several years in East Boston before settling in a home in Revere built by Mike with the help of his friends. His blacksmith training as a youth led to his lifelong work as a lighting fixtures model maker. He loved gardening and making wine, was a talented cook, and loved working with his hands. Mike was deeply rooted in Italian traditions which he has passed on to his family who will continue his legacy.

Due to the current spike in Covid-19, the guidelines issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and local officials, funeral services will be privately held for the immediate family under the direction of the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home 128 Revere St, Revere, Ma 02151. Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery. Donations may be made in Michael’s name to the Italian Home for Children, Attn: Development, 1125 Centre St, Boston, MA 02130 or at For guest book please visit

Stephen McMillan Sr.

Of Revere

Stephen McMillan, Sr., of Revere, passed away on Tuesday, October 13.

 He was the beloved husband of Patricia Ann Mulligan, devoted father of Alice Hall and Robert of Dracut, Angela Murphy and Donald Conners of Manchester, Stephen Jr. and Shawna of Randolph, Jennifer Mulligan of Revere and the late Andrea McMillan; dear brother of Phyllis LeBaron of Ohio, Thomas McMillan of Revere, Charles McMillan of Ohio, Robert McMillan of Boston and the late Daniel and Richard McMillan. He was the cherished grandfather of 19 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient Heights) East Boston. For more information, please visit

John Pastore, Sr.

A Proud Veteran

John Pastore, Sr. will be remembered by friends and family for his welcoming presence, good humor and sincere heart

A graveside service was held on Tuesday, October 20 at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett for John C. Pastore, Sr. Affectionately, known by family and friends as “Chuck,” he passed on Friday, October 16 at his Revere residence, following a long illness.

Born, educated and raised in East Boston, he was a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1959. For many years, John “Chuck “CHURCH” and his beloved wife, Judith A. (Longo) Pastore, were devotees of the Immaculate Conception Parish Community of Revere, serving on several committees and were members of the “counting” team at I.C.C. for over 20 years.

John also known to many as “Chuck” will be remembered as a wonderful and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, uncle, proud veteran and man of great Catholic faith.  He always put his immediate and extended family as his first priority.  He had the gift to say “just the right thing” when you needed it most.

John grew up in the West End of Boston where his love story started with his girlfriend, Judy who became his devoted wife of 57 years. The West End community was a tight knit group of caring people who maintained deep and lasting lifetime friendships. John loved to attend West End events.    John shared endless West End stories which would have anyone laughing for hours.

John was very proud of his service in the US Army and his missile work. He had many entertaining stories of his Army experiences while stationed in New Mexico. Those experiences and friendships shaped him in the most positive way for the rest of his life. He was a proud veteran!

John spent over 25 years with Northeast “Yellowbird” and Delta Airlines Air Freight in many roles. He worked with many clients globally and enjoyed his team.  His work provided him with many opportunities to travel to locations like Disney, Bermuda and Las Vegas including a cameo appearance in “Honeymoon in Vegas” in 1994. The “Delta Gang” was a group of lifelong friends that regularly got together to reminisce at the Hilltop and Kowloon. John spent endless hours of planning so that the gang would be together.​

Chuck will be remembered by his friends and family for his welcoming presence, good humor and sincere heart. Saint Mother Teresa’s quote says it best about Chuck, “Spread love everywhere you go   Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”

He was the beloved husband of 57 years to Judith A. (Longo) Pastore, cherished father of Lucy McCarthy and her husband, David of Lynnfield and John C. Pastore, Jr. and his wife, Karla of Wellesley;.proud grandfather to Madelyn E. McCarthy and Liam V. McCarthy, both of Lynnfield and Cole D. Pastore and Chloe A. Pastore, both of Wellesley; dear brother of Florence Marcotullio and her late husband, Robert of Peabody, Patricia Marshall and her husband, Merrill of Bridgewater and the late Angela Griffin. He is also lovingly survived by several nephews.

Remembrances may be made to Care Dimensions   , 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. To send online condolences, please visit   The staff at Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals is honored to have assisted the family with the completion of funeral arrangements.

Mary Russo

Lifelong East Boston Resident

Mary G. (DeCosta) Russo, a life-long resident of East Boston, passed away on October 13. 

Mary and her late husband, Frank were employed in the hotel industry for more than 25 years which started at the Marriott Hotel in East Boston.  Frank was a musician and Mary was a dancer. They both loved show business which is how they met and bonded over their passion for 58 years.

The loving daughter of the late Mary (Traverse) and Richard DeCostar and the beloved wife of the late Frank Russo Sr., she was the devoted mother of Cynthia M. Russo of Maine and the late Frank Russo Jr.; dear sister of the late Richard DeCosta Jr.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston and a Mass celebrating Mary’s life was celebrated at Saint Joseph-Saint Lazarus Church on Oct.19. Services concluded with Mary being laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden with her beloved husband. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in Mary’s name to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 15829 Arlington VA 22215, 800-342-2383.  For more information or to leave an online condolence, please visit

Elaine Byrne

Passed in the Company of Her God and Her Caring Family

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Anthony of Padua Church on October 19 for Elaine (Karas) Byrne, 78,  of Revere and East Boston who passed away on October 14 following a brief illness and in the company of her God and her caring family.

The beloved wife of the late James M. Byrne, she was the adoring mother to James M. Byrne, II and his wife, Melissa A. and cherished grandmother of James M. Byrne, III and Riley R. Byrne, all of Danvers; dear sister of Phyllis D’Antona and her late husband, Leo and Lucille Ciampa and her late husband, Louis, all of East Boston and the late James Karas; faithful sister-in-law to Barbara Bernis and her husband, Edward of Somerville and the late Pauline Marchant and Margaret Brady. She is also lovingly survived by many devoted nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and cousins. Entombment was in Holy Cross Community Mausoleum (Chapel Hill Site), Malden. Remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959. To send online condolences, please visit Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals.

Marie Roucher

Devoted Wife and Mother

Marie C. (Coco)  Roucher of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on October 10 after a long illness. 

The beloved wife of the late John A. Roucher, she was the loving mother of Jude Roucher and her husband, Josman Colon and John J. Roucher and his wife, Graciela and the daughter of the late Carmela (Sciuto) and Mariano Coco.

Marie worked for over 30 years at Lacy’s Department Store in East Boston until her marriage.  She was a full time devoted wife and mother until her death. Private Graveside Services were held at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Donations in Marie’s memory to Oceanview Kennel, 705 North Shore Road, Revere, MA 02151 would be appreciated. Please send messages of condolence to Marie’s family on the funeral home Tribute Page –

Rina Martelli

Of East Boston

Rina (Perissinotto) Martelli of East Boston passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 14. 

She was the loving daughter of the late Mario and Giuseppina (Mucelli) Perissinotto, beloved wife of the late Emanuele Martelli, devoted mother of Sebastian Martelli and his wife, Angela of Winthrop, Mario Martelli and his wife, Gail of East Boston, Franco Martelli and his wife, Helen of East Boston, Francesca Martelli Menditto and her husband, Ron Menditto of Revere; dear sister of the late Lisetta, Sirro, Gino, and Dino Perissinotto; cherished grandmother of Tiffany and Mario Martelli Jr., Netania and Rina Martelli, Fred, Lou, Darlene, Ange, and Celeste. 

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient Heights) East Boston. Services concluded with Rina being laid to rest with her beloved husband, Emanuele, at Saint Joseph Cemetery, Lynn. May they rest in peace. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.  For more information or to leave an online condolence please visit

Jonathan Nunez

Of East Boston, formerly of Everett

Jonathan C. Nunez of East Boston, formerly of Everett, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 17.

The loving son of Nancy (Holland) Nuñez of Saugus and Carlos Nuñez, he was the devoted husband of Filipe Dos Santos of East Boston, dear brother of Brian Nuñez of Saugus and is also survived by his loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family and friends will honor Jonathan’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient Heights) East Boston on Thursday, October 22 from 4 to 8 P.M. and again on Friday morning at 8:30 before leaving in procession to Saint Joseph – Saint Lazarus Church, East Boston, for a Funeral Mass celebrating his life at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Jonathan being laid to rest at Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridge. All services will be held in accordance with Phase-3 of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts phased reopening plan due to COVID-19. Face coverings are required to be worn and social distancing measures are encouraged. To leave an online condolence, please visit

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