Obituaries 08-23-2011

Joseph ‘Joey’ Yourawski

Revere resident

Joseph J. “Joey” Yourawski of Revere died on August 14 after a long illness.

He was the loving father of Joseph O’Connell of Somerville, and Cara Finocchio and her husband, Anthony of Revere; beloved son of the late Walter and Caroline ( Sasso) Yourawski; dear brother of Thomas and Louella Yourawski of Revere, Walter Yourawski and his wife, Cerie and Karen Stoico, all of Peabody and the late Kevin Yourawski and Sandra Yourawski; cherished grandfather of Dylan and Colin Finocchio; beloved uncle  of Robby, Caroline and Julian Yourawski and Michael, Nicole and Courtney Stoico, all of Peabody, Jay Yourawski of Florida, Paul Cambria of Peabody and Ronny Cambria of Lynn.

His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beachwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere today, Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For directions and guest book:

Joseph ‘Joey’ James

Lynn resident

Joseph G. “Joey” James of Lynn died Wednesday in Massachusetts General Hospital. He was 28 years old.

A longtime boyfriend to Amanda Easler with whom he shared 11 years, he was born in Lynn, son of Gary P. and Joanne (Kidney) James. He was a lifelong resident of the city, attended Lynn Public Schools, worked as a Mason, Landscaper and did construction on the North Shore for many years. “Joey” was known as a Family Man, a great dad and uncle and was a kid at heart.

In addition to his parents and girlfriend, he is survived by two daughters, Amber L. James a second grader at Lincoln Thomson School and Kaylee M. James a first grader at Lincoln Thomson School; his maternal grandmother, Gertrude (Moore) Kidney of Lynn, his paternal grandparents, Gordon E. and Johanne (Petterson) James of Grafton, NH; two brothers, Jason James and his wife, Vivian and Jared James, all of Lynn; one sister, Jill Monteforte and her husband, Michael of Wilmington. He is also survived by his girlfriend’s family, Robin Wise of Lynn, Gene Easler of Lynn, Tonya Easler of Manchester, NH and Beanie Easler of Lynn. He also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery. For online register book please visit

Emmer Gray

Lynn resident

Emmer Gray of Lynn died on August 20 at Beverly Hospital after a brief illness. She was 63 years old.

Born in Mississippi, she lived in Lynn for the past 45 years. She was a beloved housekeeper and friend to many families in the Marblehead area.

A visitation will be held today, Tuesday, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, 157 Maple Street, Lynn followed by a Graveside Service in Pine Grove Cemetery at 11:15 a.m.      For online register book please visit

Michael James Spataro

Swampscott resident

Michael James Spataro, a longtime resident of Highland, NY and recent resident of Swampscott, died peacefully on August 17. He was 99 years old.

He was the husband of the late Frances (Tortorella) Spataro who died on May 27, 1998 and with whom he shared 53 years of marriage. He also joins his late four siblings.

He was a member and former President of the Highland Lions Club and The Italian Center. He enjoyed farming, construction, traveling and spending time with family and friends. He was known to be a steadfast friend, always helping those in need. In his 99 years of life he earned the respect, love and admiration of hundreds and hundreds of people.

He loved spending time at the ocean and in his time in Swampscott he became admired for his kindness, humor and enjoyment and appreciation of life.

He is survived by his only daughter Dianne Denise Spataro of Swampscott and his only grandson, Jacob Michael Driscoll, also of Swampscott. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews. He was also the godfather to nearly 100.

He will be waked at the Michael Torsone Memorial Funeral Home in Highland, NY and buried in New York. He will be deeply missed by many who sought to emulate his amazing spirit and character as quite simply a humble, great man.

Local arrangements are by the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, 157 Maple Street, Lynn.  For online register book please visit

Catherine Kmiec

Former Eastern Junior High Cafeteria Worker

Catherine B. (Sudol) Kmiec of Swampscott, a former 71 year resident of Lynn, died on August 18 at a local nursing home. She was 99 years old.

She was the daughter of the late Anthony and Mary (Bizeur) Sudol and the wife of the late Lynn Police Lieutenant Officer Edwin A. Kmiec Sr.

She was a graduate of Haverhill High School and was a stitcher for the Linden She Company and Hatcher’s Garment Co. and, before her retirement, she was employed in the Eastern Jr. High School Cafeteria. A member of the Polish Legion American Veterans Auxiliary, Chapter 56, she was also a member of St. Hedwig’s Society, Holy Rosary Sodality, St. Michael’s Retirees and the Mass. Associations of Local, State and Municipal Employees.

Mrs. Kmiec is survived by one son, Edwin A. Jr. and his wife, Lorrie Kmiec of Lynn and one daughter, Edwina E. and her husband, Leonard Myslinski of Salem; five grandchildren, Michele DeGregorio, Marlene Myslinski, Patricia Valeri, Michael Kmiec and Kathryn Sheber; five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Veronica Daniels, Sophie Grodziski, Helen Saylor and George Sudol.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Nadworny Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Those who wish may make donations to the JRC Rehab Center, 330 Paradise Road, Swamspcott, MA 01907.

William Ferullo

Past President of Revere Kiwanis and Revere Chamber of Commerce

William R. Ferullo died on Monday at the Pilgrim Rehabilitation Center in Peabody. He was 69 years old.

He was the former owner of Modern Day Plumbing and the  Past President of the Revere Kiwanis Club and Past President of the Revere Chamber of Commerce.

The husband of the late Leona (Cappola) Ferullo, he was born in Malden and raised in Somerville, the son of the Josephine (Macina) Ferullo of Medford and the late Eddie Ferullo. In addition to his mother, he is survived by two children; William R. Ferullo, Jr. and his wife, Wendi of Peabody and Lisa Coppola and her husband, Joseph of Middleton. He was the grandfather of Nicholas, John, Nikole, Jenna and Joseph and great grandfather of Bradlee and is also survived by his companion, Janet Wright of Lynn.

His funeral will be held from the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus on Friday, August 26 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church, 250 Revere St., Revere. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours are Thursday, August 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For condolences:

Joyce Fong

Escaped Communist China

Joyce (Chin) Fong, a longtime Chelsea resident, died on August 13 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home after a brief illness. She was 79 years old.

Mrs. Fong was born October 24, 1931 at Toy Sun, China, the daughter of the late Bing Chung Chin and the late Yee Chung Chin. She received her early education in China and settled in Hong Kong as a young lady escaping Communism in1950. She married Dick Fong 1953 in Hong Kong, followed her husband to Chelsea in 1960, worked with her husband operating their Family Laundry in Prattville from 1961 to 1974 and worked briefly at Sweetheart Paper as a packager. She continued working at Cool Ray/American Optical as a glazier from 1975 until the factory closed in 1980.

She was member of the Chinese Women’s Association and Q-Sing in Chinatown. She dedicated the rest of her time to home and family, enjoyed cooking for family and community gatherings and was excellent in playing Mahjong.

She was the beloved wife of Dick Fong, devoted mother of John Fong of Chelsea, May Fox and her husband, Norman of Arlington, David Fong and his wife, Nicole of Easton, Susie McDonald and her husband, James of Concord, Patty Calabrese and her husband, James of Lynn; dear sister of Edward Chin of Chelsea, Julie Yip and her husband, Shek of San Diego and is also survived by nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

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