Obituaries 02-19-2013

Thomastine ‘Tammy’ McGill

Worked for Sweetheart Paper Products

Thomastine “Tammy” “Ma McGill” McGill, a longtime Chelsea resident, passed away surrounded by her loving family at the Peabody Glen Nursing Care Center in Peabody on February 6. She was 88 years old.

Born, raised and educated in Westbrook, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Charles Emery and Lila Ella (Cobb) Shaw. She settled in Chelsea in 1953 and was a longtime resident of Chelsea until taking residence at the Peabody Glen over a year ago.

A loving and caring mother, who enjoyed her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, she was a “Neighborhood Mom” to all her neighbors and was affectionately known as “Ma McGill”. She worked outside her home for many years at Sweetheart Paper Products and also spent time working as a waitress while living in Maine. She enjoyed playing Bingo in her spare time and also enjoyed creating delicious doll cakes.

She was the beloved wife of the late Carl R. McIver, Sr. and James Richard McGill; devoted mother of Carl McIver and his wife, Julie of Whitman, Patricia Jedlikowski of Belmont, NC, Mickey McIver and his wife, Charlotte of Danbury, NH, Cynthia (Lepore) Cormier and her husband, James of West Lynn, Leslie “Buck” McGill and his wife, Kelly of Randolph, Maryann McKenna and her husband, Thomas of Saugus, Joseph “Wayne” McGill and his wife, Sharon of Peabody and the late Linda Jeanne McGill; dear sister of the late Eva Louise Roberts Cleaves and Walter Emery Shaw. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Her Funeral was celebrated at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home on February 12. Services concluded with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Jude Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142. Memphis, TN 38148-0142. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Maxwell Curry

MBTA Retiree

Maxwell C. Curry of Lynn, formerly of Revere and Watertown, died at a local nursing home after a brief illness on February 15. He was 81 years old.

A member of the US Marines, he served in Korea for one year during the Korean War and was a train operator for the MBTA for 25 years before his retirement.

The son of the late Maxwell C. Jr. and Harriet A. (Stobin) Curry, he was the husband of Karen M. (O’Gard) Curry with whom he shared 39 years of marriage. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Karen M. Shatto of Boston and one granddaughter, Dakota M. Shatto. He also leaves one niece, Dawnmarie and her husband, Chad Burkett of Peabody and two grand nieces, Shal and  Madison Oliva of Peabody.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Tuesday,  from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Nadworny Funeral Home, 798 Western Avenue, Lynn. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Cremation will follow in Harmony Grove Cemetery. Graveside services will be held in the Korean Lot in Pine Grove Cemetery at 10 a.m. Friday (please gather at the Main Gate at 9:45 a.m.) For directions and guest book:

Henry Efimetz

Postal Service Retiree; Member of DAV and Polish Legion American Veterans

Henry A. Efimetz of Lynn died at Salem Hospital after a brief illness on February 12. He was 86 years old.

Born in Lynn, the son of the late Walter and Jennie (Puito) Efimetz and the husband of the late Frances S. (Popkowski) Efimetz, he was a graduate of Lynn Classical High School and a US Army veteran of World War II who served in Central Europe. After his discharge, he was a fireman for the City of Lynn stationed at Tower Hill for two years. Following that, he worked at the Lynn Post Office as a letter carrier and retired in Boston as a clerk after 35 years. He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 64 and the Polish Legion American Veterans Post 56.

He is survived by three sons: David A. and his wife, Ann Efimetz of Williamsburg, VA, Peter A. Efimetz of Lynn and Paul H. and his wife, Alison Efimetz of Spartanburg, SC and one daughter, Christine A. Efimetz of Lynn; one niece, Jane Meechin of Danvers and four grandchildren: Katherine, Mary, Amanda and Nicole Efimetz. He was also the brother of the late Michael and Walter Tkach.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Nadworny Funeral Home, Lynn. Private burial of cremains took place at Pine Grove Cemetery.

Patsy Ceruolo

Retired Finish Carpenter

Patsy Ceruolo of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died unexpectedly on February 15 at his Revere residence. He was 93 years old.

Born and raised in East Boston, he attended East Boston schools and was a 1937 graduate of East Boston High School. He moved to Revere more than 40 years ago. His working career was spent in the construction business as a finish carpenter for several area firms and he had a long association with the Joseph Farina Construction Co. of East Boston. He was also a long time member of the former Progressive Club of East Boston.

He was the beloved husband of the late Ella (Napolitano) and the late Edith (Zanick); the devoted father of Marie L. Ceruolo-Anzalone and her husband, Joseph of Revere and Richard A. Ceruolo and his wife, Donna of Orient Heights East Boston; the cherished grandfather of Richard C. Ceruolo and his wife, Stephanie of Annapolis, Maryland, David A. and Paul R. Ceruolo, both of Saugus, Lynn Marie Ceruolo of West Peabody and Christopher J. Ceruolo and his wife, Melissa of Lynn. He is also lovingly survived by: Diane Peak and her husband, Donald of Wilmington and five great grandchildren: Nick, Shawn, Savanna, Sam and Antonio and by many caring nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. He was the brother of the late Nicholas, John, Emilio, Ralph, Arthur and Louis Ceruolo and the late Josephine Rindone, Louise Pepe and Marguerite Cammaratta.

His funeral will be conducted from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere today, Tuesday, February 19 (his 94th birthday) at 11 a.m. followed by his Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church (corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue) Revere at noon. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery, West  Peabody. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701-4688. For more information:

Ruth Simonelli

Member of VFW Mottolo Post 4524 Ladies Auxiliary

Ruth (DeFeo) Simonelli of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on February 13.

Born and raised in East Boston, the daughter of the late Arnold and Joanina (Solomine), she was a graduate of East Boston High School and moved to Revere at the age of 19. She married, raised four daughters and was a member of the VFW Mottolo Post 4524 Ladies Auxiliary.

The beloved wife of the late Anthony, she was the devoted mother of Joanne Hunter and her husband, David of Nahant, Gail Ferrairo, Diane MacLellan and Doreen Simonelli, all of Revere; dear sister of Alfonso DeFeo of Florida and the late Mary McCormick, Grace Ristino, her twin, Anthony DeFeo, Ralph DeFeo and Arthur DeFeo. She is also survived by six loving grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere  today, Tuesday, February 19 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book please visit

Marie Brazzo

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Marie (Sarro) Brazzo of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on February 12.

The beloved wife of the late Paul, she was the devoted mother of Paul Brazzo Jr. of Lynn; Marie Zelandi and her husband Robert of Stoneham, formerly of Revere, Anthony Brazzo of Revere, Anna Miano and her husband, Robert and “Bobby” of Tewksbury, Roseann Maggio and her husband, Nick of Danvers, formerly of Winthrop and Charles Brazzo and his wife, Mary of Acton, formerly of Revere.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston. For a complete obituary and more information, please visit

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