Obituaries 02-25-2010

Karen Voto, 48

Whidden Memorial Hospital Nurse Manager

Karen M. (Messina) Voto of Lynnfield died peacefully February 18 in the Whidden Memorial Hospital surrounded by her loving and devoted family following a long illness. She was 48 years old.

The beloved wife of Robert S. Voto, with whom she shared 24 years of marriage, she was born and raised in Everett, the proud daughter of Joseph and Josephine (Dellapiana) Messina of Everett. She was a graduate of Everett High School, attended the Somerville School of Nursing and later attended Salem State College where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree. She was a resident of Lynnfield for the past eight years, previously residing in Everett.

The proud Nurse Manager for the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett, she was a nurse who not only had exceptional skills and a strong passion for the nursing profession, but was a true, caring clinician who went above and beyond her call of duty for every patient and staff member.

She was a wonderful, hardworking mother who gave all of her love to her children. She was also very meticulous. A very spiritual person, Mrs. Voto was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Lynnfield and a strong believer in the Resurrection.

In addition to her husband and parents, she leaves her three loving children, Robert J. Voto, an accountant for Pricewater House & Cooper, proudly pursuing a Master’s Degree at Fairfield University; Michael A. Voto, a sophomore at St. Michael’s College pursuing a degree in Business and Angela Voto, a senior at Lynnfield High School, who plans to pursue a career in nursing. She also leaves her brothers, Kenneth and Joseph Messina, both of Everett and her sister, Marianne Richard of Lynn, a nurse at Whidden Memorial Hospital. She is further survived by many nieces and nephews.

The family kindly asks that gifts in her name be sent to Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 17 Grove St. Lynnfield, MA 01940. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home 157 Maple St. Lynn. For online memorial and guestbook, please visit


Morris Shultz, 93

Active in Jewish War Veterans affairs

Morris L. Shultz of Revere, formerly of Lynn, died on February 17. He was 93 years old.

The beloved husband of Rose (Rosenberg) Shultz to whom he was married for 67 years, he was born in Boston and educated in the Lynn schools and high school. He was retired as a foreman for the Business Equipment Corporation.

He was a US Army veteran of World War II and was very active in the Jewish War Veterans. He was also a member of Temple Tifereth Israel of Revere.

He was described as an extremely devoted husband, father, and grandfather who loved food shopping, driving, and the Boston Red Sox.

The devoted father of Elaine Gadon and her companion, James O’Brien, he was the loving brother of Bella Weisberg and her husband, the late Philip Weisberg; the loving grandfather of Jay Gadon, Bradley Gadon and his wife, Amy, and Heather Gadon Lee and her husband, Andrew and the loving great grandfather of Myles, Marley, Maxwell, Ethan, and Rachael. He is also survived by many neices and nephews

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Burial was in Sharon. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472. For online guestbook


Joseph DeSisto, 78

Glazer for JB Sash and Door

Joseph F. DeSisto of Salem died on February 19. He was 78 years old.

A glazer for JB Sash and Door, he was born in Boston and was the beloved husband of Beverly A. (Finniss) of Salem; devoted father of John A. DeSisto and wife, Melissa, of Derry, NH, Bernadette Beeney and her husband, Richard, of Waterville, ME and Joseph DeSisto of Haverhill; dear brother of Paul DeSisto of Lynn, Bernice DeSisto and James DeSisto, both of Revere; cherished grandfather of John “Jack” DeSisto, April Beeney and Roxanne Beeney.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. For guestbook please visit


Clifford Thompson Jr., 81

Retired Longshoreman

Clifford H. Thompson Jr., a lifelong Chelsea resident, died in his home surrounded by his loving family on February 15. He was 81 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the son of the late Clifford H. Sr. and Alice (Post) Thompson. He attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School.

He enlisted in the US Navy and served during World War II as a Seaman 1cl onboard the LCS(L) mark 3 #70 in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, this was one of the many Landing Craft Support vessels used to support landing forces. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and returned to Chelsea,

He married Agnes (O’Brien) and together they shared 60 years of marriage, raising their family in Chelsea. He worked as a longshoreman and was a proud member of the ILAA Local 799 and was a Gang Boss of Gang 13. He was also a long time member of the Beachmont VFW in Revere.

He was the beloved husband of 60 years to Agnes (O’Brien) Thompson of Chelsea; devoted father of John Thompson and his wife, Laurie, of Lynn, Clifford Thompson and his wife, Julia, of Lexington, Michael Thompson and his wife, Claire, of West Peabody and Glenn Thompson of Texas; cherished grandfather of Clifford Barton, Caitlyn, Michael, Brittany and Sam. Dear brother of the late Doris, Kathleen, Alice, Mary, William and Larry Thompson.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For online guestbook please visit


Phyllis Giordano, 90

Former Hostess at Sid Green’s “Wayside” Furniture

Phyllis R. (Cammisa) Giordano, a lifelong resident of Revere, died unexpectedly on February 14 at the Lighthouse Nursing & Care Center of Revere. She was 90 years old.

Mrs. Giordano was the hostess for more than 20 years at Sid Green’s “Wayside” Furniture Store at Northgate Shopping Center where she was a familiar face and generated many friendships.

She was the wife of the late Joseph A. Giordano who died in January of 2006; the cherished mother of Angela R. “Dolly” Marino and her devoted companion, Arthur Foshey, of Revere and Joseph A. Giordano and his wife, Catherine, of Lynn; beloved grandmother of Joseph M. Giordano and his wife, Phyllis, of Lynnfield, Leah M. Olivolo and her husband, Scott, of Middleburg, Florida and is also lovingly survived by her great grandchildren, Isabelle C. and Cassie R. Giordano and Anthony J. Olivolo and her three nephews, Frank Cuppernell of Billerica, Robert Cuppernell of Ellenton, Florida and Ronald Cuppernell of Bradenton, Florida as well as by several other nephews and nieces. She was the sister of the late Frances Cuppernell.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital, 501, St. Jude Pl., Memphis, Tn. 38105-1942


Frances Oreto, 69

Retired Loan Officer

Frances M. (Racki) Of Malden died on Februrary 14 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston following complications of a sudden aneurysm. She was 69 years old.

Born in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Natalie (Witkowski) Racki. She attended local schools, graduated from Chelsea High School, settled in Revere to raise her family and moved to Malden 15 years ago. A devoted wife and mother, she worked as a Loan Officer at the Metropolitan Credit Union in Chelsea for 10 years retiring in 1999.

She was the beloved wife of 45 years of Philip Oreto of Malden; devoted mother of Joanne Murphy and her husband, Kevin, Philip Oreto and his wife, Amy, all of Malden; cherished grandmother of Brendan Murphy and Philip Oreto; dear sister of Natalie Bernard and her husband, Robert, of Revere, Richard Racki of Everett, Anthony Racki of Lynn, Gregory Racki of Revere and James Racki of South Carolina.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Should friends desire contributions in her memory may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072 Pittsfield MA 01202. For online guestbook and directions, please visit

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