Obituaries 01-31-2024

Joan Bennett

Well Known at her Lighthouse Nursing Care Residence for Her Love of Bingo

Joan N. Bennett of East Boston, formerly of East Cambridge, with loved ones by her side, passed away peacefully in her sleep following a long illness on January 6 at age 81.

She was well known for her love of Bingo, playing three times a week at Lighthouse Nursing Care in Revere where she resided for the last few years as well as a love of Raymond Burr of Perry Mason and music.

She is survived by her son, David, Sr., his wife Renee, her two grandchildren, David, Jr. and Quinn, her sister, Carolyn Burke and her husband, Joe, her niece, Cheryl Williams, nephews: Frank Paiva and his wife, Norma, Joe Burke and his wife, Katherine, Paul Burke and his wife, Paula, as well as many great nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her father and mother, Aloysius and Regina Bennett, sister, Margaret “Peggy” Paiva, lifelong love, Robert DeWart, nephew, Ronald Paiva and niece, Sheri Melito.

Her Funeral was held from the Rogers Funeral Home, East Cambridge on Saturday, January 13, with a Funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Church, East Cambridge.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Heart Association.     

Frank Schettino

Outstanding Athlete and Northeastern University Retiree

Frank T. Schettino of Revere, formerly of East Boston, has passed away.

He was the beloved husband of 64 years to Carmella (Milly) Pellegriti Schettino, the son of the late Frank and Susie (Ruggerio); loving father of Frank Jr. and his wife, Kristen of Atlanta, Georgia, loving grandfather of Aidan and Siena Schettino; brother of the late Vincent Schettino and his late sister, Jeanette Constantine. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Frank graduated from English High School where he lettered in football and baseball. Two of his memorable accomplishments were scoring the winning touchdown against arch rival Boston Latin on Thanksgiving Day at Harvard Stadium to win the Boston City Championship and representing the Boston City Baseball All-Stars at Fenway Park against the Catholic High School All-Stars. In 1986, Frank was inducted into the Boston English High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

After High School and before attending college, Frank played football for the East Boston Tornadoes of the Boston City Park League. That year he was selected as East Boston’s Outstanding Sandlot Athlete.

Frank attended Northeastern University where he earned both Bachelor and Masters degrees. He also lettered in football and baseball. In his football senior year, he was selected to the All City, All New England, and All ECAC East teams. Voted the Most Valuable Player on the football team as he led the team in receptions, kickoff returns, and scoring.

After a brief tryout with the Boston Patriots, he played with the Boston Sweepers of the Atlantic Coast Football League. In 1988 Frank was inducted into the Northeastern University Athletic Hall of Fame. Frank served as President of both the Northeastern Varsity Club and Alumni Association.

After graduation, he worked for Raytheon Corp, and then began work at Northeastern University, a career that spanned over 40 years. Frank has been a Trustee of the Revere Public Library since 1993 serving as Chairman for the past 12 years. Frank was an active member in Revere’s St. Anthony’s Holy Name Society serving as past President. He was the recipient of both the Holy Name Spirit Award and Lifetime Achievement Award. For many years, he served as an usher at St. Anthony’s Sunday masses.

Frank and his wife loved traveling especially to visit their son and his family in Atlanta. Members of the Rossetti-Cowan Senior Center, they enjoyed the vast array of programs and activities especially the indoor bocce competition.

Family and friends are invited to attend Visiting Hours on Friday, February 2nd from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio Smith & Vazza, Beechwood Home for Funerals, 262 Beach St., Revere. His funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Saturday, February 3rd at 10 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St., Revere at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692.

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Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio Smith & Vazza, Beechwood Home for Funerals.

Frances Vennochi

She Embodied the Best of Qualities: Love of Her Family, Strength of Spirit and Commitment to Her Faith

Frances L. Vennochi of Stoneham, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at the age of 98.

Frances was born to Michael and Anna Pelosi and raised in East Boston along with her two brothers Agostino and Anthony. Theirs was a traditional close knit Italian family where she was a devoted daughter and loving sister.

She graduated Girls High, Class of 1942 and went to work at the bank as a secretary/stenographer. In 1973, she returned to the workforce as a secretary at the PJ Kennedy School in East Boston.

Frances met Joe Vennochi at a USO dance during the war and were married in 1946. They moved to Stoneham in 1962 where they raised a family and enjoyed a wonderful life. Together they were a true partnership; dedicated and supportive of each other and in love until the end. He always said he had married “the most beautiful girl in East Boston.”

Frances was an excellent cook – the late Mayor Tom Menino once said her eggplant was the best he had ever tasted – and a natural talent in many ways, with a special knack for finding a great bargain. She was a 62 year communicant at St Patrick Parish and a Eucharistic minister, loved to tend to her plants, work in the yard, read, and travel with her girlfriends. She was an exceptional bridge player and participated in many weekly games at the Stoneham, Wakefield, and Reading Senior Centers.

Frances embodied the best of qualities: love of her family, strength of spirit, and commitment to her faith. She wanted to give her children more opportunities and a better life than she had herself and worked extremely hard to do so. Her life reflected selflessness and dedication, always putting her family first. She never hesitated to sacrifice for what she thought they needed and was always their biggest supporter.

Frances was the beloved wife of 44 years to the late Julius J. Vennochi and predeceased by her parents, brothers, and sister in law Dolores Pelosi. She was the devoted mother of Janet and William Maguire of West Barnstable, Thomas and Joan Vennochi of Melrose, John and Pam Vennochi of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Joanne and Thomas St. Pierre of Stoneham. She was especially proud of her four grandchildren: Conor Maguire and his wife Julie, Nicholas Vennochi and his wife Hannah, Anna Vennochi and her partner, Matthew Giolito, and Sarah Vennochi, along with her grandson in spirit, Ben Nadworny and his wife Madison. She was delighted to meet her five great grandchildren: Claire, Simon, Walter, Gio, and baby Greta.  Frances was especially close to Rose Leone of Lynnfield, Ann Valerio of Melrose, and her cousin Frances McKinnon of Humarock and also is survived by many loving cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends.

Her departure comes with great sadness. We are thankful for the impeccable care from Kara at Lahey Health at Home and her aides Donna, Karen, Lourdes, Arlene, Wistha, Becky, and Marta who all gave great love and attention to her every need.

Funeral from the Barile Family Funeral Home, 482 Main Street Stoneham, was on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass celebrating Frances’ Eternal Life in St. Patrick Church, 71 Central Street, Stoneham. Internment was private.

Family and friends also gathered to share memories with the family on Monday, January 29 in the funeral home from 4 to 7p.m.

The family deeply appreciates your support during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105, or My Brother’s Table 98 Willow St, Lynn, MA 01901.

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Leona M. “Leigh” Orlando

A Woman of Great Integrity and Godly character

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, February 8th from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio Smith & Vazza Beechwood Home for Funerals, 262 Beach St. Revere for Leona M. “Leigh”(O’Hara) Orlando who entered fully into the presence her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, January 28th. A Funeral Service will take place in the funeral home on Friday, February 9th beginning at 10:30 a.m. followed by the service at 11 a.m. Interment will be held privately.

Leigh was born in Boston to her late parents, Boston Police Detective James E. O’Hara Sr. and Dorothy M. (Breault) O’Hara on September 8, 1949. She was one of seven children who were raised and educated in East Boston.

Leigh was a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1967.  Following high school, Leigh began to work as an Administrative Assistant for the Bethlehem Steel Corporation in East Boston until her retirement upon its closing in the fall of 1982.

Leigh married her cherished husband, John A. Orlando on September 21 , 1984. They first lived in Everett for several years, before moving to Revere in 1987.

Leigh loved life, she was always smiling and making harmless jokes that made everyone all around her happy, safe and comfortable to be in the moment together. Leigh had a deep and loyal love for family and enjoyed caring for those she loved, including the 4-legged ones. She was also a lover of the beach and would often be seen walking Revere Beach, no matter the season. Her gift of writing was one of great excellence and her gift of administration was over the top.

Leigh had a very prominent Christian faith. She was a woman of great integrity and Godly character. She had an incredible gift of intercessory prayer and was a very proud leader of Insight Ministries United States Prayer Force a national prayer group, who has said, “That She was the fire that ignited the flame in each of us. More precious than much fine gold.”

Leigh had a special call and gift that encouraged pastors and leaders to believe in a God who says, “All things are possible.” She was a worshiper who loved to study and share the Word of God. Leigh looked for beauty in all things and tried to make a

difference where needed.

She was the beloved wife of 39 years to John A. Orlando of Revere, the beloved sister of Patricia A. O’Hara – DiGenio and her husband, Joseph of Newmarket, NH., and the late Dorothy M. McGrath, James E. O’Hara Jr., Richard F. O’Hara Sr, Kevin P. O’Hara Sr. and Carol L. Pepi and her surviving husband, Gerald Pepi  of Winthrop. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to The Tunnel to Towers Foundation For online condolences please visit:

Francis Doran

Of East Boston

Francis J. Doran of East Boston passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on January 27th.

He was the beloved husband of Beatrix (Brugman) Doran; devoted father of Michael Uiterwijk, Michael Doran, Karen Doran, David Doran and the late Wanda Bigelow; cherished grandfather of Danielle Acevedo,  Monique Bigelow, Patrick Adams  and Andrew Adams; dear great grandfather of Jonathan Acevedo Jr. and Ethan Acevedo.

Family and friends will honor Francis’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston, today, Wednesday, January 31st from 3 to 7 p.m. and again on Thursday morning, February 1 at 10 a.m. for a funeral service in our serenity chapel. Services will conclude with Francis being laid to rest at Highland Cemetery in Norwood,.

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