Member of International Order of Foresters
Frances (Phillips) Chapman of Lynn, formerly of Boston, died on April 26. She was 84 years old.
Born in Neunan, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late Gus and Lizzie (Daniels) Phillips. She lived most of her life in the South End of Boston, and has lived in Lynn for the past five years. She was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church in Roxbury and belonged to the International Order of Foresters. She also enjoyed dabbling in stocks.
She is survived by her children, Livaughn Chapman of Framingham, John Chapman of Roxbury, Gloria and her husband, James Williams, of Lynn; her siblings, Leadie Phillips of California, Joe Phillips of Alabama, Doris Brown of Georgia and Linda Shafter of New Jersey, seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was the grandmother of the late Rahsaan Williams.
Her funeral service was held in the Bethel Baptist Church, Roxbury with arrangements by the Goodrich Funeral Home, Lynn.
Retired owner of Bill & Son Auto Body
William F. DelFuoco of Lynn died April 27 in a local nursing home after a long illness. He was 94 years old.
A US Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Vallaolid 70 and the Senior Citizens Bowling League. He was the owner of Bill & Son Auto Body for 50 years before retiring 29 years ago. His son, Bill, continues running the business to the present time.
Born in Lynn, he was the son of the late Bensuzio and Sophia (Giangamilio) DelFuoco and the husband of Elizabeth G. (Tranfaglia) DelFuoco with whom he shared 67 years of marriage. He is survived by one son, William P. “Bill” and his wife, Karen DelFuoco, of Hamilton and one daughter, Carolyn, and her husband, Robert Cormier of The Villages, Florida. He also leaves one granddaughter, Michelle, and her husband, Jay Tallman, of Lynn, one brother, Paul DelFuoco of Sherbourne, NY and Mrs. Mary Lambert of Lynn. He was the brother of the late Julia Fusco, Olympia Robertson and Albert and Romeo DelFuoco. He also leaves several nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Nadworny Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN, 38105-3678.
Richard Wallace, Sr.
Troop 34 Scout Leader and former GE Pipefitter
Richard “Dick” B. Wallace, Sr. of Lynn died on April 27. He was 64 years old.
He was the husband of Cynthia (Morong) Wallace with whom he shared 30 years. Born in Boston, he resided in Lynn most of his life. Prior to his illness, he worked at GE as a pipefitter for more than 30 years. He was very involved with the Boy Scouts and was a scout leader of Troop 34, and also assisted his son to attain Eagle Scout.
In addition to his wife, Cindy, he is survived by his son Richard “Richie” Wallace Jr. of Lynn, his daughters Lorianne Henderson of North Andover and Danielle Wallace of New Hampshire; two grandchildren, Taylor and Faith Henderson, and several nieces and nephews, among them, Tiffany and Tara Morong. He was the brother of the late Raymond Wallace.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Goodrich Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial was private.
Helped her entire family fulfill the American dream
Rufina H. Medina of Medford, formerly of Peru, died on April 25.
She came to America in 1962 to better herself and fulfill the American dream and she retired from Hewlett Packard as a quality inspector after 30 years of service. She was an avid world traveler visiting many countries as she enjoyed learning about other customs and cultures.
The backbone of the Medina family with her hard work and faith for a better future, she brought to America her parents and every single sibling and their respective offspring. Because of her dedication and hard work, the Medina family has become productive members of society and will always be grateful to her.
She was the beloved wife of Stanley Morell; dear sister of Vincente Medina of Medford, Julia Medina of Lynn, Luzmila Quispe of Methuen, Otilia Cofsky of Norwood, Nestor Medina of Malden and Pauline Medford of Medford; adored aunt of many nieces and nephews.
Her Funeral was held from Ministerio Cass Precious Jesus in Luz del Mundo, Saugus with arrangements entrusted to Vazza Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. For on line guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com
Former Proprietor of Michael’s Bakery
Michael F. Mercogliano of Winthrop died on April 26.
The former proprietor of Michael’s Bakery of Billerica and Lynn, he was the beloved son of Michael Mercogliano of Saugus and the late Dora (Lancione) Mercogliano; former husband of Helen (Mastone) of Mashpee; devoted father of Monique Mercogliano-Battista and her husband, Jay, of Lynnfield; dear brother of Diane Volch of New York and Phyllis DeNictolis of Boston’s North End; beloved uncle of Maria and Jason Volch and Vincent DeNictolis.
Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society , 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 or The Kaplan Family Hospice House, 75 Liberty Street, Danvers MA. 01923. For guestbook and obituary: dellorusso.net
Verta Ajootian, born in Metegan, Nova Scotia on October 5, 1935 died on April 23, 2011. She was 75 years old.
The daughter of the late Eva Saulnier and Joseph H. Comeau, she was close to her late step father Louis D’Entremont of Long Island NY. She came to Massachusetts in 1950 with her family and attended Saint Jean Baptist High School, graduating in 1954. She worked as a key punch operator in Salem and at Marshall’s Department store as an office worker in Swampscott.
She married her husband Kenneth Ajootian on August 2, 1969. They had many happy years together until he died in 1987. They did not have children, however her cat “Minuet” was her special baby.
She was an accomplished pianist. Her favorite composers were George Gershwin and Irving Berlin. She loved going to Bingo until she became disabled in 1995. She was a resident of Hammersmith House, Saugus for many years, where she received excellent care.
She leaves a nephew and niece in Metegan, Nova Scotia and several cousins. She also leaves her very dear friends, Gloria and Tom Collins of Lynn who adopted Verta into their family and helped take care of her for 16 years. She was affectionately called Aunty Verta by their children; Donna Spencer Collins of Lynn, Denise Ramsdell of Nashua N.H. Karen Kiersey of Laconia NH, Janice Noonan of Mantica, CA, Kathie Collins of Revere and Tom Collins Jr. of Lynn.
Funeral arrangements were by the Goodrich Funeral Home, Lynn. Private burial was at St Jeans Cemetery.
Gioacchino ‘Jack’ Zollo
Longtime Watertown School Administrator
Gioacchino “Jack” Zollo of Watertown, formerly of Revere, died on April 22. He was 80 years old.
He was the Past President of Watertown Sons of Italy, Past President of the Watertown Town Council, President of the Watertown Historical Society, Watertown Elks and former School Administrator for the Town of Watertown for 35 years.
He was the beloved husband of Vicky (Grandinetti-Miller) Zollo and the late Ida (Piantedosi) Zollo; father of Jody Delaney and her husband, Peter, of Waltham, John Zollo and his wife, Darcus, of Washington, and Janet M. Scully and her husband, Jim, of Watertown; brother of Felix “Phil” of Waltham, Robert of Lynn, Eugene of Revere and the late Donald. He is also survived by five grandchildren.
His Funeral was held from the Nardone Funeral Home, Watertown. Burial was in Ridgelawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his name to the Alzheimer’s Assoc, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown. Nardone Funeral Home 617-924-1113 www.NardoneFuneralHome.com
Christopher ‘Critter’ Paul Roork
Law office manager, sports enthusiast and former semi pro football player
Christopher “Critter” Paul Roork of Lynn died suddenly at Salem Hospital. He was 41 years old.
Born in Quincy and raised in Lynn, he was the son of Margaret (Mallard) Roork of Lynn. He was a graduate of Lynn Tech, Class of 1988 and also attended U Mass, Amherst. He was involved in East Lynn Pop Warner Little League, football and youth hockey. Following school, he played semi pro football with the Havocs and Tigers. He enjoyed all sports, and was very involved with his children’s sports. He was a family man who adored his children. Prior to his illness, he was employed as a manager at Cambece Law Office.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by six wonderful children, Brittney and Chris Roork, Emily Robicheau, Cody, Destiny and Cameron Roork, his step son Kenny Elwell Jr., his granddaughter Aleney Perez, his former wife, Doreen (Wilson) Roork of Lynn, his significant other, Kelly Kilroy of Lynn, nieces and nephew, Kari Lynn Roork, Emilia Herrera and Robert Anderson. He was the brother of the late Rodney Roork.
His Funeral will be held from the Goodrich Funeral Home, 128 Washington St., Lynn on Friday at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery. Visitation is Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.