Obituaries 04-21-2021

Claire Helfer

A Woman Who Thoroughly Enjoyed the Closeness of Family and the Fun of Sharing Time with Them

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, April 22 from 4 to 7 p.m., in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) Revere for Claire N. (Mathison) Helfer who passed peacefully on Saturday, April 17 in the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center of Revere following a long illness. Following the visitation, a Funeral Service will be conducted in the Funeral Home at 7:15 p.m. Interment is private. Face masks must be worn at all times and social distancing must be maintained in the funeral home. All attendees are required to provide their name and phone number for contact tracing and temperatures will be checked prior to entering the funeral home. Only 25 people are allowed in the Funeral Home at one time. Guests are asked to visit briefly and to exit the funeral home to allow others to enter.

Born and raised in East Boston, she was a graduate of Girls’ Trade School, Boston, Class of 1959. Claire and her family left East Boston in 1998, moving to Revere, where they remained. Early in her working career, she worked for the former Boston Acoustics of East Boston and the Ames Department Store.

Claire was a woman who thoroughly enjoyed the closeness of family and the fun of sharing time with them.

She was the very proud grandmother to Brendon T. and Jamie M. Helfer, who made their home with her; the beloved wife of 52 years to Robert L. Helfer, the cherished mother to Robert M. Helfer and his wife, Teresa and the proud grandmother to Brendon T. and Jamie M. Helfer, all of Revere; the dear sister of  Gary Mathison and his wife, Audrey of East Boston and the late Joyce White and Donald L. Mathison, Sr. and his late wife, Gloria. She is also the loving sister-in-law to Charles White of Peabody. Several nieces and nephews also survive her.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to MSPCA (Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130-9923. To send online condolences or for more information, please visit

Edward Bushee

Musician Who Loved the Arts and Listening to Jazz Music

Edward J. Bushee of Chelmsford, formerly of Revere, died on April 14 at the age of 80. 

Edward proudly served his country in the United States Army and was a member of the National Guard 26 YD Yankee Division Band.  He played several instruments.  Edward loved the arts and listening to jazz music. 

The beloved husband of the late Rosemary (Hayes), he is survived by his daughters, Heidi Ricker and her husband, Jonathan of Tewksbury and Suzanne Silvestri and her husband, Nicholas of Danvers; dear brother of the late Frederick Bushee Jr, and Mary Murphy and cherished grandfather of Haley and Delilah Ricker and  Nico and Luca Silvestri.  He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. 

A Visitation will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home 128 Revere St, Revere on Friday April 23, 2021 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm followed by a private prayer service.  Due to capacity limits, we ask that you keep you visit brief to allow others to enter.  Relatives and friends are kindly invited.  Masks and social distancing are required at the funeral home. 

Interment will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer society 3 Speen St, Framingham, MA 01701. For guestbook, please visit

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