Mary LoRusso, 84
Homemaker, Activist and Realty Proprietor
Mary (Sciola) LoRusso of North Everett died on January 16 at Bear Hill Nursing Home in Stoneham. She was 84 years old.
She was born in Orsogna, Abruzza, Italy, October 10, 1925, high on the Apennine mountain range near the Adriatic Sea. In 1934, she and her mother traveled from Naples, Italy on the cruise ship, Rex, the fastest and most luxurious liner of the day to the United States. Arriving in New York City, they stayed briefly meeting her father there and later the family traveled to Boston’s North End.
In 1941, the family moved to North Everett into their own home. In 1942 she graduated from Michael Angelo High School and then worked in the Boston area as a seamstress. She had many suitors and eventually married in June of 1945 to a highly decorated aviator, Mr. John LoRusso, who had returned home from the European air war. After honeymooning in Northern New England, the couple was transferred to the US Army Air Corp base at Sioux Falls, South Dakota for eventual departure to the west coast. However, with VJ Day, in September of 1945 and the end of World War II, they returned back east settling in Boston’s West End.
The couple began family life, raising three sons. Later, they acquired land to build their own brick cobblestone ranch in 1954 in North Everett, which was personally planned and designed by Mrs. LoRosso. Gradually, over time, several realty properties were acquired and managed successfully. She also became involved in community organizations such as St. Therese Ladies Sodality, Catholic Charities, My Brother’s Table, and the Salvation Army. At Everett’s Seniors Club, she was active in elder affairs, a member of the Everett/Malden Orsogna Club she was involved with immigrant concerns, at the Schiavo Club she organized travel ventures around the country, and with the Melrose VFW Armory Post, she was an advocate for disabled veterans.
In her younger days she enjoyed traveling around North America and Europe. She was fond of dining, music, culinary arts, gardening, family, and faith. Her motto was do good, be charitable, have empathy.
She was the beloved wife for 53 years to the late John A. LoRusso; dearest mother of Joseph A. LoRusso of Stoneham, Richard J. LoRusso and his wife, Jo Anne, of New Orleans, LA, John A. LoRusso and his wife, Camille, of Dracut; cherished grandmother of Dina Overland and her husband, Dean, and Kathryn LoRusso, all of Metairie, LA; loving sister of Anthony "Tony" Sciola and his wife, Charlotte, of Wenham, and Luciano "Sonny" Sciola and his wife, Grace, of Saugus. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her funeral from the J.F. Ward Funeral Home, 772 Broadway, Everett, on Thursday, January 21 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St., Revere, at 10 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Entombment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Mass General Hospital Cancer Center, 165 Cambridge St., Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114; or to the charity of your choice. For online guest book visit www.legacy.com
Of East Boston, formerly of Revere
Richard J. Addario of East Boston, formerly of Revere, died suddenly on January 11.
He was the beloved husband of Ellie (Dennehy); father of Carmen Addario and his wife, Phyllis, of Beverly, Lori Addario of Lynn and Nicole Dennehy of East Boston; brother of Nicholas of No. Reading, Steven and his wife, Elizabeth, of Lynn and the late Carmen Addario; grandfather of Jessica, Anthony, Amanda, Gianna and Joseph and great-grandfather of Alyssa, Madyson, Emily and Joshua.
Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Annette J. (Hall) Wareham, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died on January 8 at the Massachusetts General Hospital after a short illness. She was 72 years old.
A graduate of Chelsea Schools and Chelsea High School, she retired as a hairdresser after working for 30 years with her sister at the “House of Rose” in Lynn and at another salon in Chelsea.
She was the beloved mother of Susan Wareham of Chelsea and Linda D. Wareham of Everett; dear sister of Edward Hall and his wife, Mary Ann, of Florida and Rose Allen of Wakefield.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.
Of Florida, formerly of Revere
William Nickerson of Port Charlotte, Florida, formerly of Revere, died on Christmas Eve Morning, December 24 after a long and courageous batle with colon cancer. He was 85 years old.
Born in June of 1924, he served in the Pacific with the US Air Force during World War II and his plane was shot down in combat. He survived and returned home to marry his sweetheart, Dottie Nickerson in December of 1945. Together, they built a home and raised a family in Malden where he served on the Malden Police Force in the 1950’s. The couple volunteered their time with the 27th Lancers Drum & Bugle Corps in the 1970’s with Mr. Nickerson keeping the instruments in excellent condition.
The couple lived in several cities in Massachsuetts and eventually settled in Revere where they lived until Mrs. Nickeson died in February of 1988. Mr. Nickerson continued working at the Seaview Towers and Waters Edge Apartments where he ran the Maintenance Divisions until he finally retired at the age of 82 and moved to Florida to live with this oldest son, Leigh, in Port Charlotte.
Mr. Nickerson will be greatly missed and always loved by those who knew him. He is survived by his two sons, Leigh, and his wife, Debbie of Port Charlotte and Scott and his wife, janet, of Tewksbury. He also leaves four grandchildren, Sandy Monaco, Brian Nickeson, Robert and Andrew Nickerson and seven great grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held this spring when he will be brought home to Massachusetts for burial alongside his wife. Details will be announced later. Friends and Family are invited to view an online Tribute for Bill Nickerson and leave remarks in his “Memory Book” at http://memorialwebsites.legacy.com/billnickerson/homepage.aspx