Obituaries 08-06-2013

Rosario ‘Billy’ Balliro

Decorated Korean Veteran, Revere Businessman

Rosario C. “Billy” Balliro died at his Revere residence following a brief illness on July 23. He was 78 years old.

Born and raised in Boston’s North End, he attended Boston Schools and entered the US Army during the Korean Conflict in September of 1952, serving until March of 1955. He had a brilliant career in the military and received many awards for his outstanding service. He was the recipient of: the presidential Unit Emblem with Two Overseas Bars, the Good Conduct Medal, the Korea Service Medal with Two Bronze Service Stars, the National Defense Service Medal, United National Service Medal and the Combat Infantry Badge.

Throughout his working career, he wore many “hats” as a contractor, restaurateur, vending machine supplier and as a specialist in home draining systems. He held licenses in Mass. Home Inspection and Mass. Home Improvement.

More than 20 years ago, “Billy” founded the Revere Businessmens’ Association and he served as its president for several years. Under his guidance and sponsorship, the club has offered magnanimous and generous support to many organizations and charities. Very often, their gifts are given quietly and anonymously.

He was also a long time member of the Revere Lodge of Moose #1272 and the Revere Lodge of Elks #1171, the Revere Lodge of the Sons of Italy (Giuseppe Mazzini) and the Revere Patriots Club. He was also a long time member of the Mottollo VFW Post #4524 of Revere.

He was the beloved husband of 41 years to Linda L. (Garland) and of the late Maryanne (Tardiff) St. Sauveur; the devoted father of: Michael T. “Rusty” Balliro of No. Attleboro, Tia M. Balliro of New Hampshire, George Patnode of Boston, Jeffrey Patnode of Revere and the late William J. Balliro, Lisa Patnode, Michelle Balliro-Cummings and Renee B. Balliro-Cosson; dear brother of Mary Tzannos and her husband, Nicholas of Saugus, Frances Bent of Wilmington, Lucy “Lulu” Winship of Plymouth, Bruno Balliro and his wife, Delores of Revere and the late Rocco, Frank, Joseph and Rudy Balliro and the late Josephine Novello, Florence Monteforte and Rosalie Foye. He was the cherished grandfather of Rita M. and Philip A. Patnode, both of Revere and 13 other grandchildren. He is also lovingly survived by eight great grandchildren, his brother in law, William C. Garland and his wife, Gail, of West Roxbury and by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in the family lot at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Revere League for Special Needs, 200 Winthrop Avenue, Revere, MA 02151. For more information, please visit:

Lucy Virgilio

Of the North End

Lucy (DiOrio) Virgilio of Boston’s North End died on July 28.

Lucy had a great Christian devotion.

The beloved wife of the late Angelo “Gabe the Painter,” she was the devoted mother of Donna Marie Virgilio, Peter Virgilio and his girlfriend, Elizabeth Treptow, all of Boston’s North End;  dear sister of Gilda Bova of Revere and the late Phyllis Rossi, Angelina Giannato, Mary Sperduto, Gennaro DiOrio, Michelina Costa and Frank DiOrio and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial in Celebration of Lucy’s life was held at Sacred Heart Church, North Square in Boston’s North End on August 1. Services concluded with Lucy being laid to rest in the Mausoleum in Holy Cross Cemetery with her beloved Angelo. May they both rest in peace. In honoring Lucy, memorial donations may be made to Spaulding North End Nursing Home, 70 Fulton St., Boston 02109 attn. Activity Fund. For more information: Arrangements with the personal care of the  Ruggiero Family Memorial Home

East Boston  617 569 0990

Carl Salvi, Jr.

Retired Mass. State Employee and Boston Veterans’ Services, Past President of St. Anthony Society, Served on Many Political Committees

Carl J. Salvi, Jr. of Boston’s North End died on July 28.

Carl was a retired employee with 33 years of service for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and City of Boston Veterans’ Services.  He was a dedicated member and past president of the St. Anthony Society and its Feast Committee, a delegate for the MA Democratic Convention and served on many political committees.

The beloved son of the late Carl J. Sr., and Rose (Cavossa) Salvi, he was the loving brother of Joanne Fitzpatrick and her husband, Peter of Burlington; cherished uncle of Peter C. Fitzpatrick and his wife, Victoria of Tewksbury, Christopher Fitzpatrick of Burlington; great-uncle of Anna Rose Fitzpatrick and is also survived by loving aunts and cousins.  Funeral arrangements were by the Boston Harborside Home, Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Boston Harborside Home J.S.Waterman & Sons-Waring-Langone

Gloria “Dutchess” DiBella

Of Revere, formerly of the North End

Gloria M. “Dutchess” DiBella of Revere, formerly of Boston’s North End, died on August 1. She was 86 years old.

She was the cherished daughter of the late Jenny (Arigo) and Peter Luongo; beloved wife of Louis DiBella of Revere; loving mother of Francis M. DiBella of Peabody; adored grandmother of Leah M. DiBella and her companion, Brian Tester of Peabody and Courtney A. DiBella of Myrtle Beach, SC; great-grandmother of Jayden Tester; caring sister of Marie “Mickey” Luongo of Boston, Walter Luongo and his wife, Grace of Boston, and the late Helen “Cookie” Renda and Rena DiNunzio.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and cousins.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Anthony’s of Padua, 250 Revere Street, Revere, today, Tuesday, August 6 at 10 a.m. followed by entombment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  Arrangements are by the Boston Harborside Home J.S. Waterman & Sons-Waring-Langone

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