Wakefield Obituaries

Patricia C. Norris, 78

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Patricia C. Norris, 78

Published in the October 19, 2017 edition PEABODY — Patricia C. Norris, 78, of Peabody, formerly of Lynnfield, died Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. Born in Boston on July 15, 1939 she was the daughter of the late Robert and Lillian (Walsh) Messenger. Patricia was raised in Westwood and Revere and was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1957. She was also an Officer of the Maguire Sisters Fan Club. She worked in the insurance industry for Hickey Insurance in Braintree and eventually founded Norris Insurance Agency in Wakefield which she retired from in 2016 after more than 30 years in business. Prior to moving to Peabody, where she had resided for the past four years, Patricia had been a longtime Lynnfield resident and was a member of St. Maria Goretti Parish. She was the beloved wife of the late John Norris. She was the sister of the late Roberta Varnum and Robert Messenger and his late wife Carol. She was the aunt of Frederick Varnum and his wife Susanne of North Carolina, Robert Varnum and his wife Rae of Watertown, Mark Varnum and his wife Patricia of Tewksbury, Joshua Messenger of Saugus, Kathryn Cyr and her husband David of Tewksbury, and Elisabeth Carpenter and her husband Adam of Billerica. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Frederick Varnum of North Carolina, as well as many great nieces and nephews. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Maria Goretti Church, 112 Chestnut St., Lynnfield on Monday at 10:30 a.m. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield prior to the mass beginning at 9 a.m. Interment will be at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in...

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Rev. Barbara “Joy” Alderman, 85

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Rev. Barbara “Joy” Alderman, 85

Former Executive Director at the Boit Home Published in the October 18, 2017 edition BEVERLY — Rev. Barbara “Joy” Alderman, 85, of Beverly died Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. Joy was born in Salem on October 22, 1931 and was the daughter of the late Leon D. and Barbara (Trask) Alderman. Joy was raised in Beverly and had worked as a Registered Nurse for Boston Children’s Hospital. She also graduated from the Baptist Missionary Training School in Chicago, Illinois. Joy lived a life rich in loving service to others as she endeavored to live and to share her Christian faith. She served in full time pastoral ministries in American Baptist Churches in Malden, Wakefield, and in Cranston, Rhode Island. During her Malden ministry she served as Youth Chaplin at the Malden Court and wrote a book of prayers, “Renewed in Strength,” published by Judson Press in 1977. In the year 1977, Joy was ordained an American Baptist Minister. Joy served on several boards of The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts (TABCOM) including Board of Missions. Joy served as Executive Director at two homes for the elderly: Harborlight House in Beverly and the Elizabeth E. Boit Home in Wakefield. Following retirement from the E.E. Boit Home she was an active member of First Baptist Church of Wakefield and was appointed to serve as Volunteer Pastoral Visitor for the elderly and shut-ins. Joy studied voice for many years and enhanced her ministry by giving Christmas and Easter programs of songs and readings in many churches and community groups throughout the state. She sang in several choral groups. She especially enjoyed singing in the Melody Belles, a barbershop chorus in Rhode Island. Joy was an avid bowler and bowled in several leagues. Joy was predeceased by her beloved brother Bernard D. Alderman and leaves a beloved sister-in-law Jean Pool-Alderman, a nephew Ian D. Alderman and his wife Irene and their two children: Miles and Lily. Her funeral will be held in the First Baptist Church, 8 Lafayette Street, Wakefield on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. Arrangements were in the care of the McDonald Funeral Home,...

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Franklin S. “Frank” Cresta, 31

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Franklin S. “Frank” Cresta, 31

Enjoyed fishing and time outdoors Published in the October 18, 2017 edition WAKEFIELD — Franklin S. “Frank” Cresta, 31, of Wakefield, passed away unexpectedly at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester on October 14, 2017. Born in Melrose on November 2, 1985 to Tina (Fotino) Cresta and Vincenzo Cresta, both of Wakefield. Frank was a legend in his own right, a gentle giant, the unofficial mayor of Wakefield. It was front page news when Frank the Tank graduated Wakefield High School in 2004. He was the best laborer with Barletta Construction out of Canton for the past three years. He was a man of nature and enjoyed “Sunday mass” on various lakes and ponds, fishing for numerous hours and spending time outdoors. He was a celebrity, frequenting many local establishments, but always favoring the Dockside where he spent his time shooting whisky and playing Keno with his closest friends. He had an eye for fashion, wearing the latest in plaid couture, designer Chippewa boots and stylish head coverings. He had a deep love for the First Amendment, music, knife collecting, and pyrotechnics. His deepest love was for his family and his two dogs, Bruce and Matilda, who were well known throughout Wakefield and beyond. He took his role as Uncle Frankie very seriously, never missing an opportunity to teach his niece and nephews fun stuff. It didn’t matter if you knew Frank for a lifetime, a year or a day, his quick wit and sarcastic sense of humor made you fall in love with him. He is survived by his loving mother and father, his brother James Cresta and his fiance Karen Marchessault, sister Samantha (Cresta) Gasbarro and her husband Robert, sister Erica (Cresta) Dugan and her husband Gregory, niece Arianna Cresta and nephews, Ian Padilla, Jared Padilla and Vincenzo Gasbarro, aunts and uncles, Joe and Rita Cresta, Tony and Janet Cresta, Linda and Richard Kinch, Wally and Kathy Fotino, Gary and Pam Goodwin, Bobby and Irene Fotino, Doreen and Jack Sheppard, and Heidi and Brett Rossicone, many cousins, and a tremendous amount of friends. His funeral will be held from the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Friday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a funeral mass at 10:30 in St. Florence Church, 47 Butler Ave, Wakefield. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the funeral home on Thursday from 3-7 p.m. Interment, Forest Glade Cemetery,...

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Robert C. Harmon, 80

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Robert C. Harmon, 80

Published in the October 17, 2017 edition. SAUGUS — Robert C. Harmon passed away on October 12, 2017. Bob was dearly beloved by his wife of 56 years, Diane (O’Donnell) Harmon and children: Tree Lisa Harmon and partner Edward Gleason, Bob (Sonny) Harmon Jr. and wife Jeana Martin-Harmon, Leslie Sullivan and husband Bob Sullivan. Bob was also a proud grandfather to Samuel D. Cutlip.  Bob was the son of Myron (Ted) Harmon and Edith (Campbell) Harmon, and is survived by two sisters, Ethelyn Harmon and Alice Bada Mosher. He is predeceased by brother Myron (Ted) Harmon Jr. and sister Edith Nason Sykes. Bob leaves behind many dear in-laws, nieces, nephews, and friends. Robert Harmon was born in Arlington, on September 23, 1937. He attended Arlington Schools and later was a student at “The Actor’s Workshop” in Boston. That led to his appearances as Judas in “The Christus,” a passion play. He also worked with The Hovey Players, Poet’s Theater, and The Martha’s Vineyard Summer Theatre. In 1959, he became “Dangerous Dan” and “Captain Gallant”, as well as other characters, at Pleasure Island, Wakefield. It was there he met Moe Howard of The Three Stooges; a camaraderie that lasted to Hollywood and back. He had wide ranging friendships, from Moe to Mayor Bloomberg of New York. As an eighteen-year-old, he and a friend rode their horses from Medford to Lake Winnipesaukee and back. Anyone who knew that story was fascinated! Bob was a very talented horseman, having many successes, especially at Boston Garden in 1957, when Arthur Godfrey awarded him and his three-year-old Arabian stallion, King Faisal, the trophy for “Best Pleasure Horse” in New England. In the Saugus Rotary Club, Bob was a Paul Harris Fellow, “Man of the Year,” and secretary as well. He was also the first chairman of the Saugus Arts Council. He loved Scrabble, his ‘55 T-Bird, his many pets, especially Nero, Cha Cha, and his filly, Jubilee Fanfare, Suffolk Downs and Saratoga, all kinds of music, H.P. Lovecraft, wine or a good martini, and restaurants (he wrote “Dining with Renzo,” reviews for a local newspaper.) With many thanks to dear Dr. Reines, and much appreciation and fondness for the PACE team, for their many kindnesses and professional help. Services have been...

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Immacolata “Tina” Perrino, 76

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Published in the October 17, 2017 edition. MELROSE — Immacolata “Tina” (Gentile) Perrino, 76, of Melrose, died at her home surrounded by her family on Oct. 13, 2017. Immacolata was born and raised in Mirabella Eclano Avellino, Italy. She came to America at the age of 26 and resided in Somerville for 10 years and Melrose for the past 40 years. Immacolata worked as a talented seamstress for the Moulton Curtain Company in Melrose and was a member of St. Mary’s Church for many years. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, cooking, making homemade wine and sauce, and was very creative. She wintered in Boca Raton, Florida for 14 years, loved to travel to the Caribbean, Arizona, Hawaii, cruises through Europe and traveling home to Italy. Immacolata “was Awesome” and her family and grandchildren were the most important part of her life. She was the beloved wife of Giacomo Perrino for 50 years. Loving mother of Genevieve “Genie” Backer of Reading, Antonella Sampson and her husband Derek of Wilmington, John Perrino and his wife Karen of Reading, Jacqueline “Jackie” Fox and her husband Brian of Wakefield. Cherished grandmother of Jake, Alianna, Ashton, Luke, Hailey, Meghan and the late Olivia and Emily. Caring sister of Caterina Gentile of Reading, Concetta Gentile and her husband Guido, Maria Gentile and her husband Renato, Luigina Gentile and her husband Augusto all of Italy and the late Raffaele Gentile.  Also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Visiting hours will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 4-8 p.m.  Procession from the Gately Funeral Home on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 8:45 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary’s Church, 9 Herbert St., Melrose at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends respectfully invited to attend. Burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. To send a message of condolence please visit...

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Catherine B. Moneypenny, 57

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Catherine B. Moneypenny, 57

Published in the October 16, 2017 edition. READING — Catherine B. (Ronan) “Cathy” Moneypenny, 57, of Reading, formerly of Wakefield, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 13, 2017 at her home. Born on January 12, 1960 in Melrose, Cathy is the loving daughter of the late Christopher Ronan and Rita (Fahey) Ronan. Cathy was a warm and caring daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She will be deeply missed. Cathy grew up in Wakefield and was a proud graduate of Wakefield High School. She worked at 128 Sales for over 25 years. Cathy loved vacationing and the islands. Family was most important to Cathy. Spending time with family and friends was first and foremost in her life. Cathy is the beloved wife of Michael R. Moneypenny. She is the devoted mother of Dylan Conn and his wife Jamie and Kerri Parks. The cherished grandmother of Christopher and Thomas Conn, Cathy is the dear sister of Thomas Ronan and his wife Janet, Christine “Tina” Ronan, Paul Ronan and his wife Elizabeth, Peter Ronan and Caroline “Carrie” Ronan. She is the loyal best friend of Diane Berzins and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Family and friends are cordially invited to gather and share memories with the family on Wednesday, October 18, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Doherty-Barile Family Funeral Home, 11 Linden St., Reading. Parking attendants and ramped entrance are available. A funeral service celebrating Cathy’s eternal life will be held on Thursday, October 19, at 10 a.m. in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading, 239 Woburn St., Reading. Please go directly to church. Arrangements by the Doherty-Barile Family Funeral Home, 11 Linden St., Reading. For directions or to send a memorial condolence...

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Virginia A. Zagarella, 69

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Published in the October 16, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — Virginia A. Zagarella, 69, of Wakefield, died Friday, October 13, 2017 at her home after a long period of failing health. Virginia was born in Melrose on September 29, 1948 and was the daughter of the late Francis and Ann (Lennon) Bowman. She was a lifelong Wakefield resident and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1966. She retired from the Metropolitan Bank of Melrose as a loan officer. Virginia was the beloved wife of Anthony J. Zagarella. She was the loving mother of Anthony J. Zagarella, Jr. of Arizona, Jessica L. Defilippis and her husband Stephen of Malden, and the late Lisa Anne Zagarella. She was the sister of John Bowman of Wakefield, Elizabeth Gallagher of Everett, and the late Frank Bowman and William Bowman. She was the grandmother of Anthony J., III., Rachel, Jason and Ava Lucia. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Her funeral will be held from the McDonald Funeral Home., 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Thursday at 9 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass in St. Joseph Church, 173 Albion Street., Wakefield at 10 a.m. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the Funeral Home, Wednesday, from 4-8 p.m. Interment will be held at Lakeside Cemetery,...

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Albert J. Sabbatelli, 85

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Albert J. Sabbatelli, 85

Published in the October 13, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — Albert J. Sabbatelli, 85, of Wakefield, a loving father and grandfather, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 12, 2017. Born Alberto Michele Sabbatelli in New York City on April 2, 1932, he was the son of the late Michele and Carmela Sabbatelli (née Sagliano) of Campania, Italy and later Queens, New York, and brother of Angelo Sabbatelli of Massapequa, New York, and Catolto Sabbatelli of Astoria, New York. Albert was retired from Local 4 IUOE after 40 years of service and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Albert had been a Wakefield resident since 1954 and was an active member of St. Florence Church. Mr. Sabbatelli was the husband of the late Patricia J. Sabbatelli (née Noonan). He is survived by his daughter Marybeth Hubbard of Rowley, his son John Sabbatelli and his wife Susan of Wakefield and his son Daniel Sabbatelli and his wife Emília of Woburn. He is also survived by his six grandchildren: Mitchell, Vada, Lynsie, Lydia, Holly and Chloe. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Monday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. His funeral will be held from the funeral home on Tuesday at 9 o’clock in the morning followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Florence Church, 47 Butler Ave., Wakefield at 10 o’clock. Interment will be at Forest Glade Cemetery in...

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Richard Dennis

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Richard Dennis

Published in the October 13, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — Richard “Dick” Dennis of Wakefield, son of the late Irene Dennis, passed away holding the hand of his wife of 53 years and listening to Johnny Mathis on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. Dick was an avid athlete in football, track and field, gymnastics and softball. He loved being with his friends on Saturday night playing darts. Dick worked for Allied Moving as a truck driver and office manager for 48 years. After he retired he worked for Auto Parts International. He was the loving husband of Joan (Seward) Dennis. He was the father of Clifton Dennis and Christopher Dennis and his wife Sabrina. He was the grandfather of Dylan, Isabella and Christopher. He was loved by many nephews and nieces including Patty Gray and Michele McPhee, who were always there for him as he fought his battle with cancer and loved him dearly. He has a sister Clare Catalano and a sister Doris Mas. There will be a celebration of his life on November 12 at the Crystal Community Club in Wakefield from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for all his friends and...

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Virginia R. Miraglia, 84

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 in Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Virginia R. Miraglia, 84

Avid Boston sports fan Published in the October 11, 2017 edition LYNNFIELD — Virginia R. Miraglia, 84, of Lynnfield died on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the Meadow View Center in North Reading. She was born in Jay, Maine on June 22, 1933 and was the daughter of the late Leroy P. and Grace (Volpe) Gonnella. Virginia was a graduate of Jay High School in Jay, Maine. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and sister. She was known for her baking skills, and was also an avid Boston sports fan. She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony J. Miraglia. She was the loving mother of John A. Miraglia and Linda A. Busch. She was the sister of Robert Gonnella and his wife Mary Ann, George Gonnella and his wife Janice, Roy Gonnella and his wife Dorothy, Anthony Gonnella and his wife Jeanine, and Ann Powers and her husband Alan. She was the sister in law of Barbara Gonnella and Phyllis Miraglia. Virginia is also survived by her 6 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A funeral mass will be celebrated at the Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main St., Wakefield on Friday at 11 a.m. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield prior to the mass from 9:30 – 10:30...

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