Chelsea Record photographer Katy Rogers has won three awards for her photography in the first-ever ‘Welcome to Chelsea’ photo contest, which was announced this week.
Record Photograper Katy Rogers took first in the People of Chelsea category with this photo entitled ‘Maggie and William.’
More than 40 photographs were contributed by amateur and professional photographers in the first “Welcome to Chelsea Photo Contest” over the spring. The contest was presented by Chelsea Prospers, the City of Chelsea’s initiative for vitality in the downtown, and the Facebook group Chelsea MA Photography Club coordinated by photographer and former City Councilor Matt Frank.
The judging panel included Darlene DeVita, an award-winning fine art photographer; Matt Frank, a former City Councilor and photographer who initiated the Chelsea MA Photography Club; State Rep. Roselee Vincent, a champion for the arts and former member of the legislature’s Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development; Suzy Chavez, a local painter whose decorative murals and “Welcome to Chelsea” signs can be seen in key locations throughout the city; Marianne Ramos, a self-taught “outsider artist” and longtime Chelsea resident who serves as Program Coordinator for the Chelsea Senior Center; and Alex Train, artist and Assistant Director of the Department of Planning and Development for the City of Chelsea.
The judging panel selected three winning images in four categories along with a Best in Show award. They also nominated images for the public to select a People’s Choice winner. Voting for People’s Choice is now open through July 31 at https://tinyurl.com/ChelseaPeoplesChoice.
Rogers is a photographer who lives in Everett, though her backyard is actually in Chelsea. She attended Monserrat College, and is the founder of Katy Rogers Photography. She works for the Record, and its sister publications in Everett, Charlestown and Revere.
All of the winning images will be reproduced in large print format and will be on public display this fall at Gallery 456, the storefront gallery at 456 Broadway. A community reception will be scheduled in September for the public to meet and celebrate with the photographers. At the conclusion of the exhibit, the winners will take home their high-quality, framed images with the Best in Show and People’s Choice winners receiving additional prizes.
The City has announced that they have hired a landscape architect to present a Master Plan for renovating the Garden Cemetery – with Phase 1 starting as early as this fall.
The goal, said Planner Karl Allen, is to have it all done by 2024.
“We’ve hired our landscape architect to put together a phased Master Plan for rehabilitating the cemetery,” he said. “Our goal is to have it in a condition where we can open it to the public from dawn to dusk on a daily basis by 2024 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the settlement of Chelsea.”
City Manager Tom Ambrosino said the substantial repair of the historic, garden-style cemetery is part of the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) – which the City Council approved last week. That CIP had $350,000 set aside for the Garden Cemetery work.
He said the Master Plan will include an analysis of the full rehabilitation and the costs associated with that.
“It’s a little bit of a jewel,” he said. “I think the City would like to spend some money to make it pop a little bit. It can be a small oasis in the middle of the city if treated properly and with a significant investment. I’m proud to recommend that.”
The first step in the program will be putting out phase one in for bid in the fall.
Phase one will include fixing the retaining wall on Shawmut Street that is close to collapse. It will also include replacing the metal fence around the cemetery and putting a new central gate on Shawmut and Chester. The existing entrance will have a new French gate and an arch with the words ‘Garden Cemetery 1841’ above the entrance.
Next year, it is expected that they will continue with the rehab and make the paths ADA compliant and fix the Soldier’s Lot. They will replace the broken up asphalt path piece by piece and put in something that is more appropriate to the time period, such as stone dust.
One of the key issues is that the grave stones over the years have fallen or been knocked over. That is an expensive proposition to set back all of the fallen stones, but Allen said they will likely do that incrementally over time.
“That’s definitely on our radar in order to get it open,” he said. “The restoration and resetting of the graves toppled is probably a very long-term process…Our initial purpose is to address safety issues.”
He also said they hope to be able to include an educational aspect to the project to get the students in Chelsea schools interested and informed about the Garden Cemetery.
When Nadine Mironchuk began to learn the history of the Garden Cemetery and the Civil War veterans buried there, she said it unlocked a responsibility within her to remember those there even when the rest of the city had forgotten them completely.
Nadine Mironchuk and Jim Tanner are on a mission to make sure the Garden Cemetery and the Civil War veterans and dead are never forgotten. After being rescued from total neglect in the 1990s, the cemetery is still run down, but in much better shape. This Memorial Day, they will hold a ceremony that hasn’t been broken since 1868 – the first Decoration Day in the U.S.
And she was as guilty as anyone else at one time, she said.
Now, she and Chelsea DAV Past Cmdr. Jim Tanner spend their days before Memorial Day inside the cemetery, fixing it up and visiting with anyone who wishes to know more.
They’ve done that for 28 years this year.
“I didn’t know anything about the cemetery,” she said, noting that she had been very involved in the City and had written for Chelsea newspapers. “I never really stopped by here. I had no idea about it, but when the City went into receivership in the 1990s, it happened that my nephew, Richard Campbell, wanted to do his Eagle Scout project here. He told us he wanted to clean it up, and we fell on the floor laughing. When we got back up off the floor, we told him to paint a crosswalk instead. But he still wanted to do it, so we all helped him out.”
What transpired was an epic cleanup of the long-neglected cemetery.
Mironchuk said they took out mounds of trash as high as a three-decker for a period of six weeks before Memorial Day in the 1990s.
The cemetery was a gem of the City at one time, established in 1841, and designed after the garden cemeteries concept. It was actually designed by the same folks who did Mt. Auburn and Forest Hills, and at one time – like those cemeteries – it actually had a duck pond on the south side (that was filled in after the Civil War). Staring in the 1970s, when the last burials occurred there, the property fell into disrepair. There was no grass, trash was strewn everywhere, and the stones had all been torn down or knocked down. There was drug use, homeless people living in the cemetery, and likely a lot of crime that went unreported.
After the service project, Mironchuk was driven to do a great amount of research on the cemetery and is probably the best authority on those buried there, particularly the veterans.
During that research, she said it was the reading of General Logan’s Orders for the first Decoration Day (now known as Memorial Day) that moved her – where he said that we should never forget those who served in that war, the bloodiest conflict in the history of the United States.
“I do now what General Logan asked me to do, come here and put flowers and flags on the graves and remember what these people did,” she said. “I take his orders quite literally. They did their job fighting for freedom, and now it’s our turn…The story here now is the Memorial Day ceremony at Garden Cemetery has been unbroken since 1868 – the first Decoration Day. We don’t and won’t let it be broken in our time.”
And that’s why she and Tanner spend time decorating the graves of the men who died in the Civil War.
Mironchuk said 6,000 men answered the call in Chelsea, which is a high number compared to some other areas around the area. They mustered in at Camp Meigs in West Roxbury and made their way to Washington, D.C., where they met the Union Army in Virginia just before the First Battle of Bull Run.
In fact, she said, the first Chelsea deaths came before Bull Run at Blackburn’s Ford, where 10 Chelsea men died during a conflict three days before Bull Run.
“The town was shocked,” she said. “The mayor got on a train and went down there to see what happened and how he could help. He also went down there to help get good information back to families in Chelsea by telegraph.”
Chelsea men fought in the Peninsula Campaign, Williamsburg, Mechanicsville, Yorktown, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, The Wilderness, Gettysburg, and Cold Harbor. She said many Chelsea men were taken prisoner and went to the Andersonville Camp, where they died.
There are about 75 Civil War dead buried in the Garden Cemetery, and many are only memorial stones – as their remains were never recovered from the battlefield graves.
One example is Lawrence Kelly, a 24-year-old printer from Chelsea who died at Gettysburg. Kelly had been captured at the Second Battle of Bull Run, and during a prisoner exchange, he was released and paroled. Instead of coming back, he re-joined the Union Army and fought again in campaigns that included Gettysburg where he was killed.
His memorial stone in the Garden Cemetery reads, sadly, “A mother’s only child.”
The Garden Cemetery today is in much better shape than it was 20 years ago, but there is still a lot of work to do.
Mironchuk said a new, secure fence is of high priority due to the threat of vandals.
What’s more important is knowing and remembering, though – she said.
“It’s hard to conceive these people who went to war in the Civil War and saved a country that became the homeland for so many people – the last best hope for the world,” she said. “If you dig deep, you’ll understand the motives and reasons for what they did, and they did this for the millions and millions and millions of people who had yet to come. I didn’t know anything about this cemetery or the Civil War. The people who come to Chelsea wouldn’t know about the war or the Garden Cemetery either. They’ll be just as in the dark about it as I was most of my life. Chelsea has always been on the vanguard. Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised 6,000 served and so many of them died for us.”
Patricia Pierce of Peabody, formerly on Chelsea, died on Wednesday morning, May 9.
Born in East Boston over 90 years ago, Patricia passed away at Rosewood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Peabody where she was receiving supportive care.
Patricia grew up with her family on Spencer Avenue and received her education in Chelsea. Upon graduation from High School, she entered the Sisters of Providence convent where she took her final vows. After 27 years, with the passing of her sister-in-law, she left religious life to care for her brother. In the ensuing years, she continued as a teacher in the Malden School System until her retirement. In the years that followed teaching, she resided at 5 Admirals Way continuing to minister as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Rose Parish and St. Mary’s Parish in Revere, also bringing Communion to homes as well as to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home.
The devoted daughter of the late John F. and Ella (McKevitt) Pierce, she was the beloved sister of the late Francis Pierce, Elizabeth Smith, Loretta McCormack and Sister Eleanor Pierce, SP. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Services will conclude with interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
The family suggests that memorial contributions in her name be made to the Sisters of Providence-Mission Advancement Office, 1 Sisters of Providence Road, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876 or at www.spsmw.org/donate.
Frederick ‘Fred’ Nowicki
Retired Chelsea Firefighter nationally recognized for heroism
Frederick A. “Fred” Nowicki, a lifelong Chelsea resident and retired Chelsea Firefighter, passed away Wednesday morning May 16 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home where he has been receiving supportive care for ongoing illnesses. He was 77 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, a son of the late Anthony Nowicki and Louise (Kozolowski) Nowicki-Hurley, he attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1959. Fred was a member of the Chelsea High School Football team beating Everett in 1958.
He continued his education at Dodge City Jr. College and was awarded a full scholarship to Arizona State. Foregoing the scholarship, Fred returned to Chelsea with his young bride, the former Beverly Renfrew to support and raise his family.
Fred began working as truck driver for Monarch Foods.
He was appointed to the Chelsea Fire Department in 1968. He was nationally recognized for heroism in 1972 for retrieving a bomb from the Chelsea Naval Hospital. He was also a veteran of the Chelsea Fire of 1973. Fred was a member and Past-President of Chelsea Firefighters Local 937 and was honored to be named President Emeritus of the local. He was a longtime member of the Fire Department Color Guard and was one of the original organizers of Chelsea Firefighters Memorial Sunday held annually on the first Sunday of June. He retired from fire service in 2003.
Fred also worked for many years as a foreman withTravaco Laboratories in Chelsea, retiring in 1996. He was a member of the Cary Square Associates and the Winnisimmet Social and Athletic Club.
Fred was recently widowed in December with the passing of his beloved wife of 56 years, Beverly J. (Renfrew) Nowicki. He was the devoted father of Scott C. Nowicki of Revere and Paul R. Nowicki and his wife, Tracy M. Nowicki of Chelsea; cherished grandfather of Mia V. Nowicki, Christina H. Nowicki and John Paul Nowicki; dear brother and brother-in-law of Linda and Frank Sobelewski of Dennisport and Roger A. Nowicki of Billerica and his late wife, Linda, the late Janice Nowicki, Paul Renfrew and his wife Sue Ellen of Southborough and cherished uncle of Brenda Sobolewski-Finn, John Sobolewski, Elizabeth Renfrew-Birkemose, Douglas Renfrew, Adam Nowicki and Rachel Hall.
Funeral from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Tuesday, May 22, at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 10:30 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home on Monday from 4 to p.m. Funeral Home fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com.
Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Chelsea, 617-889-2723
Henry Shaffer of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on December 24.
He was the beloved husband of the late Beatrice (Pirkovitz) Shaffer, loving son of the late Avrum and Ethel Shaffer and dear uncle of Johanna Alper and Amy Alper of Colorado, Susan Cohen of New York, Russell Pirkot of Greenfield, Donald Alper of W. Roxbury, Andy Cohen of Tennessee, Gerald Pirkot of Randolph, Murray Bass of New Jersey, Joshua Alper of Belmont and Daniel Cohen of Massachusetts.
Graveside services were held at Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon, on December 26.
Donations in Henry’s memory may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Foundation, 165 Captains Row, Chelsea, MA 02150. Torf Funeral Service 151 Washington Ave., Chelsea assisted the family with arrangements. For guest book and directions please visit www.torffuneralservice.com.
Of Lynn, formerly of Revere and Winthrop
David M. Rantz of Lynn, formerly of Winthrop and Revere, passed away on Monday, December 18. He was 82 years old.
The cherished son of the late Morris and Marjorie (Rehal) Rantz and Anne (Staretz) Rantz, he was the beloved husband of the late Marie (Blundo) Rantz, cherished father of Laura Rantz Moyer and Nadine Rantz Casey and their mother, Margaret Casey, Lisa Giambartolomei Luise and her fiancé, Michael Hayes, Diana Giambartolomei Santheson and her husband, Carl, Maria Giambartolomei Calla and her loving companion, Paulie Christie and the late Audrey Buchanan. He was the adored grandfather of 10 and great-grandfather of eight; caring brother of Lois Vasel, who was his best friend, Joan Estabrooks, Florence Hodgkins, Selma Pomeranz, and the late Harvey Fischler, Marjorie Ferrara, and Freddie Rantz. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A Memorial Service will be held in David’s honor on Saturday, December 30 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Inurnment will follow the service. At the family’s request, please OMIT flowers, donations may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284. For directions and guestbook, please visit: www.vazzafunerals.com.
Winifred Dorothy Churchill
Lifelong member of First Congregational Church and Winnisimmet Union of Chelsea
Winifred Dorothy (King) Churchill passed away Friday morning, December 22 surrounded by her loving family. She was 85 years old.
Born in Chelsea, the daughter of the late James and Dorothy (LeGrow) King, Winifred grew up in Chelsea, attended Chelsea public schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1950. Although Winifred received her Associate’s Degree from Salem State College, she was a homemaker all her life. She tended to her home in Everett where she lived most of her life and cared for her husband and two daughters. In her later years, she and her husband moved to Peabody.
Winifred was a lifelong member of the First Congregational Church in Chelsea, as well as the Church’s social organization, the Winnisimmet Union. She will be deeply missed by all her family and friends.
The beloved wife of Charles Robert “Bob” Churchill of Peabody with whom she shared 65 years of marriage, she was the devoted mother of Nancy Ellen DiMinico and her husband, Chris, Janet Elizabeth Herbert and her fiancé, John Vitale, all of Chelmsford and she is also lovingly survived by five grandchildren: Timothy, Christy and Lauren DiMinico, Katherine Herbert Muniz and her husband Derrick and Rachel Herbert, all of Chelmsford.
Funeral services will be conducted at the First Congregational Church, 26 County Road, Chelsea on Friday, December 29 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Avenue, Chelsea today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.
Mario Zullo of Chelsea, passed away September 30 surrounded by his loving family. He was 90 years old.
Mario was the late owner of Park Street Dry Cleaners Chelsea and a US Navy veteran of World War II.
The beloved husband of the late Elena (Cianfrocca) Zullo, he was the loving father of Judith Festa and her husband, William “Chuck” and Diane Zullo all of Peabody; cherished grandfather of Alana Rikeman and her husband, Joseph and Giana Festa and her wife, Vanessa Spatafora and Joseph Breda; dear brother of Barbara Libby of Chelsea and the late Elizabeth Sophia, Carmen, Felix, Anthony, Joseph, John, James, Michael, Christopher, and Jerry Zullo. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For guest book www.vazzafunerals.com
Edward Joseph Kelly, II
Businessman and investor
Edward Joseph Kelly, II, devoted husband, granddad and uncle, passed away peacefully at his home in Melrose, on Sunday, October 2. He was 86 years old.
Ed was born and raised on Eleanor Street in Chelsea. He earned a B.S. from Northeastern University through the co-op program and an MBA from Harvard Business School. A talented businessman and investor, he spent much of his career at Courier Corporation, a printer and publisher in Lowell. However, his greatest interest was in high technology and started his career at Transitron Corporation in Wakefield and spent the last decade of his career working closely with Dr. Richard S. Post and the talented team at ASTeX Technology Ltd., a provider of power supplies for the semiconductor industry.
Ed was a hard worker and friendly colleague. He could tell a good joke and loved to laugh and he always answered his phone with a cheerful, “Ed Kelly!”
He also was a loving son and admired his mother, Marcella. He proudly held her out to his children as an example of a loving parent and capable businesswoman, succeeding without much formal education. Ed credited his mother for his appreciation of education and was always grateful to his sister, Alice for typing his papers.
He married Anne Costello, a teacher from Winchester, in 1959. Together they raised their family in Melrose and enjoyed many holidays and gatherings. Once their children were grown Ed and Anne enjoyed learning and traveling with Elderhostel, going places near and far including Russia, Japan and Greece. His tenacity and his devotion to Anne and family are evidenced in part by living cheerfully for 13 years after a stroke prevented him from further work and travel. Ed couldn’t have stayed in his cherished home of 58 years without the devotion of his wife and the kind assistance of many caregivers to whom the family is deeply grateful.
Ed is survived by his loving wife, Anne (Costello), his daughter Anne Byerly and her husband, Keith of San Luis Obispo, CA, son Edward Kelly and his wife, Kathleen of Wellesley, and daughter, Joan McNeil and her husband, Jeff of Wyomissing, PA. His eight grandchildren include: Michael, Daniel and Elizabeth Byerly; John, Brian and Megan Kelly; and Abigail and Benjamin McNeil. He is also survived by his sister, Alice Conlon and her husband, Joseph and his nieces Patty, Mary, Cathy and Jay and his nephews Billy and Joe. He was predeceased by his parents, Marcella (Van Grocki) and Edward J. Kelly, sister-in-law Margaret Costello and brothers-in-law William Costello and Rev. Robert Costello.
Visiting hours will be held at the Lane Funeral Home, 760 Main St. (Rt. 38), Winchester today, Thursday, October 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment at Wildwood Cemetery in Winchester will follow the Funeral Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 11a.m on Friday, October 7 at St. Mary’s in Winchester. In lieu of flowers, donations in Edward’s memory may be made to the The Salvation Army—Donation Processing,1215 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids MI 49503. For online condolences, please visit: www.lanefuneral.com.
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.
Mitchell ‘Mitch’ Noveska
Avid Red Sox fan and award winning Project Triangle retiree
Mitchell F. “Mitch” Noveska of Cambridge, formerly of Chelsea, passed away on Sunday, October 2 in the peaceful surroundings of his Cambridge home. He was 84 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, he was one of eight children born to the late Mitchell and Genevieve (Pawelczyk) Noveska. Mitchell lived his life with the challenges of cerebral palsy. At the age of five, he was enrolled at the Walter E. Fernald School in Waltham. While in residence at the Fernald School he was proficient in the craft of chair caning and other handicrafts.
Having left the Fernald School in the mid 70’s, he resided for a short time in a group home. Shortly thereafter he embarked on living independently in Cambridge. He supported himself working at Project Triangle in Malden. During his term of employmen,t he was the recipient of The Spirit Award and received recognition as the Employee of the Week. He retired at age 65 after 30 plus years of employment at Project Triangle. The sentiment “To know him is to love him” was repeated many times by the caregivers and nurses who attended to his life’s needs.
In his lifetime, Mitch enjoyed playing cards, listening to country music, following the Red Sox on TV and attending games at Fenway Park. An avid fan he fondly remembers the times he met players like; Ted Williams, Luis Tiant and Nomar Garciaparra.
In addition to his parents Mitch was preceded in death by his four brothers; Chester “Al” Noveska, Carl Noveska, John Noveska and William Noveska. He is survived by his three sisters; Mary Dodge of Woburn, June Wangrocki of Saugus and Genevieve Racki of Lynn, He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
His Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday October 7 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St. Chelsea at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m
John Kanarkiewicz, Jr.
Retired Chelsea Fire Department Lieutenant
John H. Kanarkiewicz, Jr. Chelsea Fire Department Lieutenant (ret) passed away with family members at his bedside on Wednesday afternoon, September 28 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a long battle with overwhelming illness. He was 56 years old.
Born in Everett, he was a lifelong resident of Chelsea. He was one of three children born to Sophie T. (Domoretsky) Kanarkiewicz and recently departed Chelsea Firefighter, John H. Kanarkiewicz, Sr. Young John attended school at Our Lady of Grace Parochial School and later graduated from Pope John XXIII High School in Everett. He worked briefly in various jobs while he pursued his dream of following his father into Fire Service.
In 1987 he was appointed to the Chelsea Fire Department and was assigned to Ladder 2, just like his father before him. He continued his education and received a Masters Degree in Fire Science from Salem State College. He attained the rank of Lieutenant and studied to become Captain. When called to an alarm, battling a fire on County Road, he was seriously injured when the building’s roof collapsed on him. His promising career with the Chelsea Fire Department ended due to the injuries he sustained at that fire scene.
Undaunted by his disabilities and challenges, he was able to work for a short time with FEMA until his worsening illness made it necessary for him to resign to home.
In his lifetime, John enjoyed boating and was a member of the Winthrop Elks, B.P.O.E. He loved reading and coin collecting and was a member of the Chelsea Fire Dept. IAFF Local 937.
This past March, John was preceded in death by his father, John H. Sr. He is survived by his beloved mother, Sophie T. (Domoretsky) Kanarkiewicz of Chelsea. He was the dear brother and brother-in-law of Rosemarie Miller and her husband, Gary of Lynnfield and Frank D. Kanarkiewicz and his wife, Joanne of Peabody; cherished uncle of Dennis and Sara Kanarkiewicz, Adrienne Manes and her husband, Aaron and great-uncle to Caroline Manes. He is also survived by an aunt and several cousins.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation “NKF” 85 Astor Ave. Ste. 2, Norwood, MA 02062
Dr. Albert W. Kelley, D.P.M.
Retired Podiatrist and former Revere Board of Health Chairman
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Thursday, October 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smth Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere for Dr. Albert W. Kelley who passed on Monday, October 3 at Revere’s Lighthouse Nursing Care Centrer following a long illness. His funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Friday, October 7 at 11:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church (corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue) Revere at 12:30 p.m. Internment will follow at Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery, West Peabody.
Born in Chelsea, Dr. Kelley came to live in Revere as a young boy. He attended St. Rose Grammar School of Chelsea and then went on to Immaculate Conception High School, Revere, graduating in 1944.
He served with the US Navy from June of 1944 through June of 1946 as a 1st Class Fireman. He returned home and attended The Beacon Institute of Podiatry in Boston and obtained his degree in podiatric medicine at Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Kelley opened offices in Revere and Malden and practiced for almost 40 years until retiring in 1998. Before that, he served internships at N.E. Foot Clinic and Long Island Foot Clinic of Boston. He was a former instructor in both Review Anatomy & Practice of Podiatry at Beacon Institute of Podiatry in Boston.
Dr. Kelley had a long association with both McFadden Manor Nursing Home and Davenport Memorial Home, both of Malden as their Chief of Podiatry. Here in Revere, Dr. Kelley was Chairman of the Revere Board of Health for 15 years and a member of the Board for over 30 years. Dr. Kelley was also a life member and former officer with the Revere Council, Knights of Columbus, #179.
After his formal retirement from the Podiatry profession and the death of his beloved wife, Dorothy P. (O’Brien) Kelley in February of
1998, he relocated to the grounds of the Tewksbury Country Club. There, he entered the workforce again and for 13 years was manager of the Pro-Shop at Tewksbury Golf Club.
Dr. Kelley was the cherished father of Paul G. Kelley and his wife, Patricia A. of West Peabody, Linda J. Gregory and her husband, John T. of Tewksbury, Maureen N. DeMers and her husband, Steven T. of Revere and Patricia A. DelMastro and her husband, Richard of Tewksbury. He was the devoted grandfather of Paul B. Kelley and his wife, Jacquelyn of Merrimac, MA, Lauren M. Kelley of West Peabody and Liann Gregory of Tewksbury. A set of two-year old twin girls, his great granddaughters, Alana and Madeline Kelley also survive him. He was the dear brother of Paul F. Kelley of Everett and his wife, Doreen and the late MDC Patrolman Robert F. Kelly. He is also lovingly survived by his sister in law, Susan H. (Segal) Kelly of Point of Pines, Revere. He was the brother in law of the late Regina A. Kelly. Many nephews, nieces, grand nieces and grand nephews also survive him.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter, 480 Pleasant St. Watertown, MA 02472.
For further information, please visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com
After a year of fighting valiantly against a work-related cancer condition, Chelsea Fire officials announced on Saturday night that Firefighter Peter Kannler, 37, had passed away.
It was being considered an active duty death.
Firefighter Peter Kannler.
“It is with deep regret that the department announces the Active Duty death of Firefighter Peter Kannler of Engine 2, after a courageous battle with occupational cancer, at age 37,” read the release from Chelsea Fire Chief Leonard Albanese.
Firefighter Kannler was appointed to the Chelsea Fire Department on October 7, 2007, having transferred from the Westwood Fire Department, where he had served since December of 2005. Firefighter Kannler is survived by his loving wife, Michelle, and two daughters, Kiley, 6, and Hannah, 5.
The calling hours are today, Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Smith Funeral Home, Washington Avenue from 4-8 p.m. Funeral service with Fire Department Honors will be on Friday morning at 11 a.m. at the Woodlawn Cemetery Chapel.
Career US Marine Corps veteran and Chelsea Soldiers Home retiree
Michael R. Picarella of Weymouth, formerly of Chelsea, died on July 21.
A career US Marine Corps. veteran with over 20 years of service, Michael passed away at the West Roxbury Veterans Administration Hospital after a long illness. Born in Chelsea and a resident here until entering the Marines, when he returned from service, he resided in Weymouth until his passing. After his service to his country, he held positions at the Chelsea Soldiers Home until his retirement 10 years later. During his working years and in retirement he enjoyed cards and bowling and was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #83 and the Mottola Post in Revere.
He was the devoted husband of the late Phyllis (Bryne); beloved brother of Grace Cerra of Chelsea, John Derdian of Utah and the late Julia Gaspar; loving uncle to George Cerra of Texas, Paul Cerra of Watertown, Allison Ryan of Nevada and Diane Kielsen of Utah; dear step-father of Susan Chambers and Diane Powers, both of Weymouth.
Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Michael the Archangel Chapel on the grounds of the Chelsea Soldiers Home. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Carmelite Sisters of Boston, Boston Carmel, 61 Mt. Pleasant Ave., Roxbury, MA 02119. To send a message of condolence to his family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com
Formerly worked at Chelsea City Hall and Logan Airport
Diane M. (Fay) Finn of Chelsea passed away Sunday at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after the cancer she battled for the last five years had suddenly relapsed. She was 64 years old.
Born in Toms River, NJ, she grew up in Tewksbury where she attended schools and graduated from Tewksbury High School. She married Gerald P. Finn and together they resided in Chelsea for the past 43 years. She received her college Associates Degree in Secretarial Sciences from BHCC. She worked at Chelsea City Hall for several years with various departments and was also employed as a security screener with TSA at Logan International Airport for 10 years before resigning for health reasons five years ago.
Diane enjoyed her time around the family swimming pool and entertaining family and friends cooking and socializing, She enjoyed craft projects and traveling to visit family in Chicago or to Florida or the Cape wherever there was water or a pool to swim.
She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Gerald P. Finn, Jr. She was the beloved and devoted mother of Christopher Finn and his wife, Erica of Saugus and Timothy Finn and his wife, Megan of Chicago, IL; dear sister of Mark Fay of New Hampshire, Marion Kyner of Virginia, James Fay of Dracut, Frank Fay of Bedford, Robert Fay of Salem, NH, Roberta Carroll of Plainville, Scott Fay of Lancaster, Billy Fay of New Hampshire, Raymond Fay of S.Lawrence, Tracy Fay of New Hampshire and the late Jimmy, Anne and Brian Fay. She was the cherished niece of Nancy Glennon of Amherst, Donna Girard of Buzzards Bay, Marie O’Reagan of Everett and Albert Fay of Peabody and loved cousin of Steven and Fran Dysdale of Haverhill and is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, April 15 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Cancer Research MGH Development Office, 125 Nashua St., Ste. 540, Boston, MA 02114.
AKA “Ralph the Barber” of Chelsea Square
Ralph Penta of Malden passed away on April 6 surrounded by his loving family.
Ralph was born in 1937 in the town of Sant’Angelo all’Esca, Italy, the son of Maria and Ciriaco of Everett. He immigrated to the United States in 1955, settling in Massachusetts with his beloved wife of 56 years, Lina (Rosato) Penta. Known by many as “Ralph the Barber,” he had an unparalleled work ethic and built a thriving business in Chelsea Square where he groomed so many for over 50 years.
He was an avid follower of horse and dog racing, a passionate fan of the Boston Red Sox and when not in the barber shop or at the track, could typically be found taking meticulous care of his home and lawn. His motivation for all he did was his family, who he supported, nurtured and loved deeply every day of his life. Some of his happiest moments were when sitting at the head of the table, with his wife next to him and surrounded by his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his loving wife, Lina, and his three children, son Charles and his wife, Susan (Loconto) of Belmont, son Joseph and his wife, Marjorie (Hart) of Tewksbury and daughter Mary Ann (Penta) Cutler and her husband, Scott Cutler of Medford. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Alexandra and Victoria Penta, Joseph, Estelle and Maggie Penta and Mikayla Cutler as well as two brothers, Michael Penta and his wife, Antoinette of Chelsea and Peter Penta and his wife, Connie of Everett and by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Buonfiglio Funeral Home in Revere. Interment wase in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, MA. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Ralph to the Arthritis National Research Foundation, 5354 E. 2nd St., Suite 201, Long Beach, CA 90803 or www.curearthritis.org/donate. For online guestbook, please visit www.buonfiglio.com.
John ‘Jack’ DeNisco
John S. “Jack” DeNisco passed away unexpectedly early April 6 in the Backus Hospital Emergency Room in Norwich CT after being stricken while vacationing at the Peacock Towers in Connecticut. He was 57 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, he was one of three children born to the late William P. Sr. and Sabitina V. “Salle” (Montefusco) DeNisco. Jack attended local schools, participated with Chelsea Little League and was a member of Chelsea High School Class of ’77. Jack was a freelance chef working as an independent cook at many local restaurants. In his lifetime Jack enjoyed motorcycling, fishing and camping in New Hampshire. A man with a best described sweet and sour personality; he still possessed a compassionate heart and was a devoted family caregiver.
In addition to his parents, Jack was also preceded in death by his wife Debra (Lewis) DeNisco and daughter Alicia Marie DeNisco. He is survived by a son, John S. DeNisco, Jr. of Haverhill and he is also survived by his dear brother William P. DeNisco, Jr. and his wife, Deena of Everett and Linda Tigges and her husband, Thomas of Chelsea. He was the cherished grandfather of Emilio, Macey and Lola.
Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a memorial gathering and visitation on Sunday, April 17 at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea from 4 to 6 p.m. A prayer service will be held in the funeral home at 5:30 p.m. Graveside services will follow on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett; those attending are invited to assemble at the cemetery gate at 9:15 a.m. The Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home.
Pablo Jose Villeda, beloved son of Mara Estrada and Oscar Villeda, died tragically early Saturday morning. He was 19 years old.
Pablo was born in Guatemala, came to Chelsea 16 years ago and attended local schools. He played football from an early age with Chelsea Pop-Warner Football and he also participated in Chelsea Little League. Pablo recently graduated from Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School where he studied carpentry and played high school football.
In addition to his parents, Mara and Oscar, he is survived by two brothers Oscar and Javier Villeda, both at home and is also survived by His maternal grandparents Mario and Lidia Estrada of Chelsea, his paternal grandparents Aricely and Javier Villeda of Guatemala and by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, family and friends.
Visiting hours will be held at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Monday, March 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea on Tuesday March 15 at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend and are invited to meet at the church on Tuesday morning. Services will conclude with Interment at Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit:
Bonnie Emma Arsenault
Retired Registered Nurse
Bonnie Emma Arsenault, a Chelsea resident and retired RN, passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on March 5 after long ongoing illnesses. She was 66 years old.
Born in Chelsea, the beloved daughter of the late Peter Bleile and Lillian E. (Hessenflow) Tewksbury, she grew up in Skowhegan, Maine where she attended school and graduated from Skowhegan High School.
As a young lady she returned to Chelsea, married Joseph Arsenault in 1967 and began raising her family of two daughters and one son. She was accepted into the school of nursing at the Chelsea Soldiers Home becoming an LPN at the Quigley Memorial Hospital. She continued her education attending Bunker Hill Community College in the 70’s and received her Associate Degree in Nursing and soon became an RN. She continued to work at the hospital in the surgical medical department until its closing in the 80’s. She completed her 30 year career at the home’s Alzheimer’s dementia ward and retired in 2014.
In her lifetime, Bonnie enjoyed summer vacations at the family camp in Sanford, Maine. She loved to travel, enjoying excursions to London and Paris, Alaskan Cruises and trips to Disneyworld and relished it when her trips received unexpected upgrades.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Joseph Arsenault of Chelsea. She was the devoted mother of Elizabeth Rullo and her husband, Edward of Chelsea, Dawn Snyderman and her husband, Martin of Swampscott, Joseph Arsenault II and his lady, Lauren Heeley of Revere; cherished grandmother of Edward Rullo, Bonnie Natola, Bianca Rullo and Kaitlin Snyderman and the dear sister of Edward Bleile of Wiscasset, Maine and the late Janice and Robert Johnson.
Her funeral service will be conducted from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday March 11 at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home.
Best Known as everyone’s “Babci”
Sophie Siuda of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died peacefully March 5. She was 100 years old.
Sophie was born on January 30, 1916 in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Antoni and Agnes (Konopka) Kupczewski. She was raised in Chelsea and attended St. Stanislaus and Williams Schools. She married Vincent Siuda in September of 1935 and together they raised their children in her family home on Howell Court.
Mrs. Siuda was a devoted homemaker and mother. She worked outside of her home at The Soldiers’ Home of Chelsea and was also an active member of the Polish American Veteran’s Post 13. Ladies Aux. (PAV), the Polish Political Club (PPC) and the Polish Falcons – Nest 485. She was also a lifelong parishioner of St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Church in Chelsea. Sophie was best known for being everyone’s Babci, “grandmother” in Polish. She was happiest when taking care of her family, traveling, gardening, sewing and playing cards. She enjoyed cooking for everyone, especially making her gałumpkis and chruścikis.
She was the devoted wife of the late Vincent Siuda for 53 years until his passing in 1989. She was the adored mother of Thomas Siuda and his wife, Flavia of Methuen, Leonard and his wife, Carol of Middleton and the late Stephen Siuda and his late wife, Helen; the loving grandmother of Darlene Siuda of Chelsea, Mark Siuda and his wife, Annette of Chelsea, Kathleen Todisco and her husband, Pasquale of Peabody, Stephen Siuda and his wife, Charlotte of Lynn, Jennifer Scott and her husband, Michael of Methuen, Thomas Siuda of Walpole and Lauren D’Addario and her husband, Glenn of Danvers and the late Linda Siuda-Valentin and her late husband, Luis. She was also the doting great grandmother of 16 and great-great grandmother of nine! She was the dear sister of Caroline Mendalka and her husband, Edward of Chelsea, Dorothy Wilton of Derry, NH; the late Mary Iwanicki, Henry Kupczewski, Joseph Kupczewski, Thaddeus Kupczewski, Anne Mahoney, Genevieve Karczewski, Hedwig Heinis, Helen Wiers, Florence Carlan and Frances “Nancy” Leonard. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, friends and caregivers.
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours Friday, March 11 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea. Her funeral will begin Saturday, March 12 from the funeral home at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.
Of Allston, formerly of Revere
Virginia Perez passed away unexpectedly in her home in Allston on March 1. She was 62 years old.
Born in Boston she grew up in Revere, one of six children of the late James Wm. Morgan Jr. and the recently deceased Janice B. (Primmer) Morgan. Virginia attended public schools in Revere and graduated from Revere High School. She lived in Revere for most of her life before making her home in Allston for the past eight years.
She was the loving wife of the late Ronald Perez; beloved mother of Michael A. Morgan and his wife, Dorothy of Revere; loved grandmother of Michael and Catherine Morgan, both at home in Revere; dear sister of Michael Morgan and his wife, Dorothy of Saugus, Janice Morgan of Colorado, Susan Morgan of Florida, and her late husband, Frank Lentini, Trish Martinez and her husband, Fernando, of New York and James W. Morgan III. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins and by her feline companion “Olive.”
A visitation and vigil prayer service was held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.
Former dietician at the Soldiers Home
Helen A. Arnold passed away peacefully on March 5 at the Wingate Healthcare Facility in Haverhill. She was 92 years old.
Helen was born and raised in Chelsea and worked as a dietician at the Soldiers Home as a young woman until she married her beloved late husband, George H. Arnold.
She is survived by their four children: Lee Erickson and her husband, Larry of Hampstead, NH; George S. Arnold and his wife, Mary Jane of Rockport, Freddie Arnold and his wife, Cheryl of Pembroke MA. and Gail Arnold Martin of Sandown, NH.
She was the daughter of the late Harry M. Ells Sr. and Mary Jane (Conley) Ells and raised from age 12 by her second mother, the late Alice (Ingvaldsen) Ells. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Raymond Erickson and his wife, Lisa of San Antonio, Tx., Jill Luczkow and her husband, Chris of East Kingston, NH, Chad Erickson and his wife, Dawn of Westfield, MA, Amy Goulart and her husband, Rick of Gloucester, Jonathan Arnold and his wife, Andria of Essex, Ashley Poirier and her husband, Stephen of Goffstown, NH, Paige Martin of Gloucester, Alec and Aiden Lynch of Pembroke and nine great-grandchildren: Morgan, Sam, Braden, Mason, Bella, Ty, Shane, Vivian and Natalie. She is also survived by two brothers and two sisters: Harry Ells Jr. and his wife, Claire of Chelsea, Charles Ells and his wife, Joan of Chelsea, Pauline Mahoney and her husband, Frank of Nahant and Marie Ells of Chelsea
She was preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters-in-law: John Ells (survived by his wife, Hazel), Francis and Jean Ells, William and Marie Ells; Andrew Ells (survived by his wife Rita) and Robert Ells. She also leaves many, many nieces and nephews in the Ells family and the Arnold/Arsenault family.
Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Contributions in her name may be made to: Brookhaven Hospice, 6 Beech St, Framingham MA 01702 where comfort and solace was provided to both Helen and her children.
Loved art, drawing and tattoo flash
Kevin P. Vaillancourt passed away unexpectedly at home on February 24. He was 34 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea with his brother, he was the son of Kathleen (Klimek) Paul of Chelsea and Al Vaillancourt Jr. of Lynn. He was predeceased by his step father, John Paul who with Kay raised him. Kevin attended public schools in Chelsea and graduated from Northeast Metro Vocational High School. He had a love of art, drawing and tattoo flash in which he loved to share with his friends.
He is survived by his two beautiful daughters, Alana Julia and Lily Rose and their mother, Marcia Lorena of Vitoria Brasil, his brother Chad Vaillancourt of Everett and his grandmother, Mary Vaillancourt of Danvers. He also leaves his niece and godchild Makaila Vaillancourt of Woburn and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a memorial gathering and visitation at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday, March 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite the funeral home.
John Kanarkiewicz, Sr.
Retired Chelsea Fire Fighter
John H. Kanarkiewicz, Sr., a retired Chelsea Fire Fighter, passed away at the Pilgrim Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Peabody on March 4 after several weeks of declining health. He was 84 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, he was a lifelong resident of the city. He attended St. Stanislaus Parochial School and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. He married the former Sophie T. Domoretsky and together raised three children; Rosemarie, John H. Jr, and Frank D. Kanarkiewicz. John was appointed to the Chelsea Fire Dept. in 1961. He worked for the department for 30 years at various duty assignments, among which were Fire Prevention Inspector and Ladder 2 Tillerman. He retired in 1992.
During his time in fire service he advanced his education attending Bunker Hill Community College. He was a member of the Cary Square Association and was a late member of Chelsea Fire Fighters Union Local 937.
He is survived by his beloved wife Sophie T. (Domoretsky) Kanarkiewicz of Chelsea. He was the devoted father of Rosemarie Miller and her husband, Gary of Lynnfield, John H. Kanarkiewicz, Jr. of Chelsea and Frank D. Kanarkiewicz and his wife, Joanne of Peabody; cherished grandfather of Dennis and Sara Kanarkiewicz, Adrienne Manes and her husband, Aaron and adored great-grandfather of Caroline Manes; dear brother of Helen Delaney of Malden, the late Jeanette Marcinkus, Jessie Hine, Sophie Engebretson, Catherine Martin, Walter, Stanley and Francis Kanarkiewicz.
His Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home 718 Broadway Chelsea today, Thursday March 10, at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea at 9:30 a.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to The Alzheimer’s Assoc. 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.