Obituaries 01-31-2012

Carol Vasapolli

Credit Union Officer

Carol A. (Dieso) Vasapolli of Stoneham, formerly of Revere, died on January 29 after a brief illness.

An Officer in the Metropolitan and River Works Credit Union, Lynn, she was the beloved wife of Michael J. Vasapolli with whom she shared 37 years of marriage; cherished daughter of Lena (Zani) Dieso of Revere and the late John Dieso; dear sister of Jeanne Young and her husband, Colin of Wakefield; daughter-in-law of Phyllis (Falzone) Vasapolli of Revere and the late Joseph Vasapolli; fond aunt of Kristine Robison and Lauren Young and many other nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere Wednesday at 8 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony’s Church, Revere, at 9 a.m. Family and friends may visit today, Tuesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Entombment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For directions and guest book, please visit:

Madeline Masella

Lynn Resident

Madeline F. (Gallagher) Masella of Lynn died on January 26.

The wife of the late John J. Masella, she is survived by many nieces and nephews and her dear friends Julie Firicano and “Skippy.”

Funeral arrangements were by the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, Lynn. Online guestbook at

Jean Kerrins

Retired Director of the Revere Housing Authority

Jean F. (Innes) Kerrins of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on January 24 after a brief illness. She was 81 years old.

The retired Director of the Revere Housing Authority, she was the wife of the late Thomas J. Kerrins, Jr.; cherished mother of Kathleen J. Kerrins of Revere, Thomas J. Kerrins III and his wife, Ellen Torres of Danville, CA, Atty. Michael P. Kerrins and his wife, Paula M. of Lynn and the late Patricia A. Kerrins; devoted grandmother of Jessica Britt and her husband, Jarrett of Quincy, Thomas Kerrins-Torres and Stephen Kerrins-Torres, both of Danville, CA, Sophia M. and Benjamin D. Kerrins, both of Lynn; dear sister of Jack Proverb and his wife, Lois of Chelmsford and the late Joseph Innes Jr., Mary Proverb, Barbara Paone, Gertrude Coviello and Jill Pellegrino. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute & the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Pl. West, Brookline, MA 02445-9924

Peter MacKinnon, Sr.

Middlesex Court House Retiree

Peter A. MacKinnon, Sr. of Melrose (Retired Assistant Clerk Magistrate @ Cambridge Middlesex Court House) died suddenly on January 25.

He was the loving husband of the late Suzanne M. (Masci) MacKinnon who died on September 28, 2011; beloved father of Kelly-Ann Manuel and her husband, John of Weymouth and Peter A. MacKinnon Jr. and his wife, Jennifer of Lynn; cherished grandfather of Connor Manuel, Drew and Cole MacKinnon; brother of Paul MacKinnon and his wife, Kate Foley of Holden; son-in-law of Marie (Thomas) Masci of Arlington; brother-in-law of Elaine Cowie of Billerica and Anthony and Denise Masci of Arlington. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Gately Funeral Home, Melrose. Burial was at Glenwood Cemetery in Everett. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to St. Joseph’s Parish, 173 Albion St., Wakefield, MA 01880. To send a message of condolence please visit

Antonia Cheffro

Of East Boston, formerly of Lynn

Antonia (Orlandino) Cheffro of East Boston, formerly of Lynn, died on January 23.

She was the beloved wife of Sylvester “Jake” Cheffro with whom she shared 43 years of marriage; loving mother of Julie Sanseverino and her husband, Louis, Rose Gonzales and her husband, Hector, Paul Pari and Josephine Martinelli and her husband, Sylvester Cheffro III, all of East Boston, Virginia Lindy and her husband, Phil, Mark Cheffro and his wife, Stephanie, all of Wakefield and the late Katherine Cheffro Snider; dear sister of Nicholas Orlandino and the late Gerald and Anita Orlandino; cherished grandmother of 18 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Committal was private. For guest book:

George Coviello

Of Revere, formerly of the North End of Boston

George D. Coviello of Revere, formerly of Boston’s North End, died on January 22.

He was a former employee of H.W. Powers Candy Company and the beloved husband of Nancy (Palermo); devoted father of Steven Coviello of Methuen and Kenneth Coviello of Revere; dear brother of Richard of Lynn, Rosemarie Steph of Reading, Fredrick of Whitman, Charles of Saugus, James of Stoneham, Kathleen Sorace of Revere, David of Everett and the late Patrick and Gloria Giglio. He is also survived by two loving grandchildren, David and Matthew and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery. For guest book, please visit

Kostas George Mazareas

Organizer and longtime band leader of “The Peloponisis” Orchestra 

Kostas George Mazareas died peacefully at his home at on January 21 after a courageous, decade-long battle with lung disease.   He was 82 years old.

Born in Kastania, Greece on February 10, 1929 into dire poverty, and orphaned at the age of six, he had to forego a formal education to help support himself and his younger sister.  During his childhood, he traveled from village to village playing the violin to earn a living, and in time he became an accomplished musician.

During World War II, he served as part of the Greek Resistance, a four year battle waged by ordinary Greek citizens of all ages against the Axis Occupation of Greece by Germany, Italy and Bulgaria.  During this same time, he saw over 1 million  Greek men, women and children die in the Great Famine, a period a mass starvation that resulted from  the Axis Occupation.

Although seriously wounded during World War II, he again took up arms to defend his country against the threat of communism in the Greek Civil War that followed.

In 1955, he married Helen Tsouleas.  She immigrated to the United States that same year and he followed her in 1958 with the hope of a better life.  He resided in Lynn ever since.

Like so many immigrants before him, Kostas was imbued with a very strong work ethic and started a new life in a foreign land working multiple jobs to provide for his family, including work in several leather tanning factories on the North Shore and 35 years of service at General Electric.  A well-regarded musician, Kostas also played violin and bouzouki in several prominent Greek orchestras that performed up and down the East Coast.  Among these was the popular orchestra “The Peloponisos,” which he organized and for which he served as band leader for a number of years.

He was active in a variety of philanthropic and civic activities both here and in Greece. He was a member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Lynn, a Director of the Mani Society of New England and a benefactor to his Church in Kastania, Greece and helped fund its  reconstruction.   After his son’s diagnosis with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 2003, he also became a generous supporter of organizations dedicated to ALS research, including the Angel Fund and Prize4Life.

He leaves behind  his beloved wife of 56 years, Helen Tsouleas Mazareas, his devoted son and daughter-in-law, George Kostas Mazareas and Cynthia Tanner Mazareas, and a granddaughter, Eleni Mazareas, whom he called his heart.  He is also survived by his sister, Maria Karolemeas of Salem.

Funeral services were held at Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Lynn and burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Arrangements were entrusted to the SOLIMINE, LANDERGAN AND RICHARDSON FUNERAL HOME, Lynn.    In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St.  George Greek Orthodox Church, 11 Church Street, Lynn, MA 01902.     For guestbook:

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