Obituaries 10-28-09

William Thomas Raffoul

Revere resident

William Thomas Raffoul of Revere, formerly of Peabody, died on October 18. He was 94 years old.

He was the husband of the late Betty Jennie (Cudnik) Raffoul; father of Donna Raffoul of Glendale, AZ and Arlene Collins and her husband, Leo, of Port St. Lucie, FL and the late Christine M. Raffoul; grandfather of Seth Collins of Smyrna, GA, Stephanie Brown of Burlington and Kimberly Christa Raffoul of Lynn; breat grandfather of Gregory Raffoul and Connor Brown; brother of Thomas Raffoul of West Roxbury, Betty Azar of New York and the late Wade and Ralph Raffoul. He is also survived by his dear friend, Grace Pavone, of Melrose, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Solimine Landergan & Richardson Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Lynn. Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 460 Totem Pond Rd. Suite 400, Waltham, MA 02451. For guest book


Phyllis DiVenuti

Retired Clerk/Stenographer for City

Phyllis M. (Alwell) DiVenuti of Lynn died on October 20. She was 80 years old.

Born in Everett, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Katherine (Walsh) Alwell, she attended Everett Schools and was a graduate of Everett High School Class of 1946. She had been a resident of Lynn since 1959. Prior to her retirement, she was a clerk and stenographer for the City of Everett. She was an avid reader who enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren.

She was the beloved wife of John J. DiVenuti; devoted mother of Joan DiVenuti of Middleton and Gerard DiVenuti, Sr. and his wife, Adelaide Karina, of East Boston; grandmother of Michael DiVenuti of Lynn, John DiVenuti of Revere and Gerard DiVenuti, Jr. of East Boston and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Robert Alwell and Mildred Clancy and mother of Mark DiVenuti of Virginia.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, Lynn. Gifts in her memory may be sent to the charity of one’s choice. For online memorial and guestbook, please visit


Raymond Santangelo Jr.

Member of Madonna Della Cava Society

Raymond F. Santangelo Jr. of New Hampshire, formerly of Boston’s North End, died on October 23.

A family member of the Madonna Della Cava Society, he was the beloved husband of Roberta (Strazzullo) Santangelo; the devoted father of Jessica R. Santangelo, loving son of Raymond F., Sr. and the late Nancy (Tragno), dear brother of Joseph and Emily Santangelo of Winthrop, Gina and Joseph Chiarenza of Lynn, and Paul Santangelo of Winthrop and is also survived two nieces, six nephews, three grand nephews and one grand niece.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere, today, Tuesday, at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in Sacred Heart Church, (North End), at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Entombment will be at Woodlawn Mausoleum. At the family’s request, please omit flowers. For guestbook:


Sylvia Ellen Clifford

Known for her great homemade apple pies

Sylvia Ellen Clifford of Ipswich died October 20 at her home after a brief illness. She was 100 years old.

The wife of the late Lawrence W. Clifford, she was born in Lynn, daughter of the late George and Ellen (Dullea) Clayton. She was a graduate of Lynn Classical High School, Class of 1926 and Burdett College. She lived in Lynn for most of her life, moving to Deerfield, NH after her retirement.

She owned and operated the Chester Neal Co. for many years until her retirement in 1972. She enjoyed entertaining and dining out; traveled around the world three times, enjoyed vegetable gardening and was widely known for her great homemade apple pies.

She leaves her son and daughter-in-law, Lawrence and Denise Clifford of Ipswich, a niece, and a nephew. She was sister of the late Ann Weston.

A Memorial Funeral Service will be held at a later date. By request, there are no visiting hours. Arrangements are by the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home 157 Maple St., Lynn. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be sent to Lake Shore Park United Methodist Church 32 Bay State Road, Lynn, MA 01904. For online guestbook, please visit

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