Anyone who lived in the Prattville section of Chelsea knew Frank Ippolito Jr.
Frank Ippolito III (left), owner of Ippolito Snow Services in East Boston, is shown on the cover of Snow Business Magazine with Travis Dassylva. The Tobin Bridge is in the background.
He was the familiar face and kind gentleman at Ippy’s Amoco Gas Station at the corner of Washington and Garfield Avenues who owned that popular service station and car repair business in addition to Ippy’s Plowing that he started in 1973.
“My grandfather, Frank Sr. started it, and my dad, Frank Jr., continued it for 50 years,” said Frank Ippolito III.
The Ippolito name still resonates with pride in the city. Frank III’s uncle, Joseph Ippolito, has guided the beautiful renovation project at the Sagamore Club that is enjoying a resurgence of new members. Uncle Jimmy Ippolito was known for his athletic talents and Jimmy and Jane’s daughter, Jamie, became the greatest softball player in Savio Prep history before continuing her brilliant career at Stonehill College.
Frank Ippolito Jr. passed away in 2012 and his son, Frank III, assumed command of the plowing business, changing its name to Ippolito Snow Services LLC. The business is located on Chelsea Street in East Boston, making for easy access to its Boston clients.
The level of excellence that the father brought to his business has continued under the son’s capable leadership – and then some.
In 2015 after the snowiest winter (108 inches) in Boston history, Ippolito Snow Services received the National Snow and Ice Management Award. Ippolito’s company was recently featured on the cover of Snow Business magazine.
Ippolito oversees a staff of approximately 50 employees. He seeks out part-time employees from businesses such as auto repair shops and car washes, and the commercial fishing industry, many of whom who don’t usually work in their regular jobs during snowstorms.
“We’re a snow only business – we don’t do anything else,” said Ippolito. “In the offseason, we attend national training conferences and start negotiating snow-plowing contracts in the summer. We really want to focus on what we do well.”
Whether it’s an inch of snow or a major snowstorm hitting the Boston area, Ippolito has to be ready to send out an army of snow removal vehicles. “We have plow trucks, obviously, but we have loaders, Wildcats, and Bobcats. We do a lot of sidewalks in Boston so we recently invested in a lot of sidewalk-clearing equipment.”
Ippolito has become one of the region’s foremost experts on snow removal and often fields inquiries from business owners such as: How can a company project its snowplowing services from year to year and what if there is a winter with very little snow (Boston averages 42 inches per season, according to Ippolito).
“There are two models,” said Ippolito. “One is that a company pays a certain amount and no matter how much snow we get, that is the amount for a three-year period. Other companies pay by the storm and by the inch.”
The unforgettable winter of 2015 was a major test for Ippolito and his staff. “There were 78 inches of snow in February,” recalled Ippolito. “It was overwhelming. We brought in a lot of people from out of state to help out. It was non-stop snow removal for weeks. That’s when we knew as a company that there could be a real business here. That winter really put us on the map. But we don’t want to be the biggest, we just want to be the best.”
Ippolito said his company uses Eastern Minerals on Marginal Street for its salt for snow removal. “We’re fortunate to have a great business like that just three minutes away,” said Ippolito.
Ippolito utilizes the latest technology to mnitor his company’s work during snowstorms. “We put GPS tracking in all the trucks,” he said. “We’re able to move resources around quickly if a snowstorm shifts.”
Though he now lives in Revere, Frank III still relishes his ties to Chelsea. “I am proud of our family’s connection to Chelsea. I’m proud of the way my grandfather and father worked hard and the great business they ran in Chelsea. This city will always have a special place in my heart..”
Though he lives in Revere, Frank Ippolito III still relishes his family’s connection to Chelsea. “I am proud of our ties to Chelsea and I am proud of my father and my grandfather and the great business they ran in Chelsea. This city will also have a special place in my heart.”
And vice versa, the city of Chelsea will always have a fondness for Ippy’s Amoco and the entire Ippolito family.
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.
He called himself a ‘tough bandit’ three days after his 101st birthday
James ‘Yanky’ ‘Jim’ Schwartz passed away peacefully on June 2 at his home in Boynton Beach, Florida. He was 101 years old.
Jim was born May 25, 1916 to Maurice and Celia (Handler) Schwartz, graduated from Chelsea High School and married Anita Mazel in 1941.
He served his country in the Pacific Arena from 1942 to 1945 during World War II. He was a Mason and a Shriner.
He lived most of his life in Chelsea, working in the oil and pharmaceutical industries. He had a car wash and pizzeria. His independent and dedicated
career gave a sense of grand style to his life in cars, dress and open attitude. He was a friend to many and many loved him as a dear friend.
Yanky’s passion for summer vacations brought him first to New Hampshire’s Little Squam Lake, and later to a home on Lake Winnipesaukee. He enjoyed
family, photography, boating, entertaining, landscaping, comedy, foreign films, Rusty Nails and people.
Jim is survived by his three sons: Dr. Peter Alan and Mrs. Myra Schwartz of North Attleboro, Lester Keith and Mrs.Suzanne Schwartz of West Campton,
NH and George Schwartz of Sheldonville, MA; seven grandchildren: Jodi Colton, Adam
Zeitsiff, Jeremy Schwartz, Maggie Schwartz, Ben Schwartz, Lucy Schwartz and Sam Schwartz and numerous loving cousins. His great grandchildren are: Abigail and Gavin Zeitsiff and Jonah and Nate Colton. Jim was preceded in death by his loving wife, Anita; his brothers: Philip, Irving and Bernard, and his sister, Pearle. Jim is also survived by Philip’s son, Arnold Schwartz and his wife, Suzie and Pearle’s son, Ed Eich and his wife, Jayme.
Three days after he turned 101, he said “I’m a tough bandit.”
And so he was.
There will be a graveside farewell to Jim today, Thursday, June 29 at 10 a.m. at The Chelsea JCC Cemetery on Buxton Road in Danvers.
Lifelong Chelsea resident
Joseph Adamowicz of Chelsea passed away suddenly on Wednesday, June 21 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett. He was 78 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, the son of the late Napoleon and Louise Adamowicz, Joe attended local schools and was a lifelong resident of Chelsea. He worked as a paint mixer with Raffi and Swanson Manufacturing and retired several years ago. Joseph was a devoted Catholic and lived a deeply religious, spiritual and prayerful life. He frequently attended Masses at St. Stanislaus Church and St. Michael the Archangel Chapel in Chelsea.
He was the former husband of Barbara “Bobbie” Elliot and devoted stepfather of the late Cisco Naranjo, the cherished grandfather of Krystal Naranjo, the beloved brother of Donna Hollis of Georgetown and dear uncle of Jolene Hollis-Fraser and her husband, Jesse Fraser, Chris Hollis and his wife, Lisa and adored great uncle of Anthony Silva, Gavin Fraser and Ryan Hollis.
Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Friday, June 30 at St. Michael the Archangel Chapel, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea at 11 a.m. Final arrangements were handled by the Anthony Memorial-Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea. For online guestbook or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Richard Alphonse Pruneau
Director of Torf Funeral Service for 41 years
Richard Alphonse Pruneau, a longtime Arlington resident, died peacefully in Chelsea on June 23. He was 73 years old.
Richard was born on February 6, 1944 in Boston to the late Francis G. and Ann (Nauer) Pruneau. He graduated from Don Bosco Tech in 1961, furthered his education at New England Institute-Kenmore Square and became a licensed funeral director in 1969.
He married Eda in 1966. After moving to Arlington, Richard began working for Torf Funeral Service in Chelsea as a Managing Funeral Director in 1970 where he stayed for 41 years. Richard also worked and assisted with many funeral home establishments in the Boston Area.
Richard loved and was dedicated to funeral service. He was passionate about all things funeral service. Although not Jewish himself, Richard was strict in his adherence to the Jewish Laws of Tahara always displayed compassion and understanding to the bereaved in their hour of need. He was an active, dedicated member of the Bellingham Lodge #53- Knights of Pythias, Handi Kids of Bridgewater and the Temple Emmanuel Brotherhood of Chelsea. Richard was an avid drummer who marched with the American Legion Post 156 Band of Waltham.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Eda (Hohulja) Pruneau. He was the devoted father of Lisa Connearney and her husband, Frank of Medford and Michelle McCaffery and her husband, William of Burlington; proud grandfather of Ryan and Thomas Connearney and Brendan and Emma McCaffery; loving brother of Shirley Johnston and her husband, Robert of Auburndale, dear uncle to Robert W. Johnston and his wife, Cindy, Laurie Levy and her husband, Michael and the late William L. Johnston and his wife, Lauren. He is also survived by several great nephews and nieces.
His Funeral Mass will be held at St. Agnes Church, 51 Medford Street, Arlington on Friday June 30 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Burial is private.
Visiting hours will be held from the Torf Funeral Service, 151 Washington Avenue, Chelsea, today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital-501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Chelsea Jewish Foundation, 165 Captains Row, Chelsea, MA 02150. Visit www.torffuneralservice.com for guest book and directions.
Longtime Chelsea Teacher’s Aide
A Funeral Mass was said on Wednesday at St. Stanislaus Church for Sophie T. (Domoretsky) Kanarkiewicz who passed away on June 21 in the peaceful surrounding of her home and in the preence of her loving famiy. She was 84 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea and a lifelong Chelsea resident, Sophie was the beloved daughter of the late Dennis and Rose Domoretsky. She attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. She married John H. Kanarkiewicz and together they raised their family of three in Chelsea. A devoted housewife, mother and homemaker she also worked outside of her home for many years as a teacher’s aide with the Chelsea School Dept.
She enjoyed family camping trips, going to polka dances with her husband, handcrafts like sewing and crocheting, the companionship of her feline friends and interior home painting and decorating. Sophie was widowed 15 months ago with the passing of her beloved husband and Chelsea Firefighter, John H. Kanarkiewicz, Sr. She was also preceded in death this past September by her son, Chelsea Fire Lt. John H. Kanarkiewicz, Jr. and years earlier by her siblings; Vasily, Michael and Walter Domoretsky. She is lovingly survived by her children and their spouses: Rosemarie Miller and her husband, Gary of Lynnfield and Frank Kanarkiewicz and his wife, Joanne of Peabody. She was the cherished grandmother of Dennis and Sara Kanarkiewicz, Adrienne Manes and her husband, Aaron and adored great-grandmother of Caroline Manes.
A Funeral Mass was said on Wednesday at St. Stanislaus Church. Interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett, Rev. Andrew T Grelak officiated. Final Arrangements were handled by the Anthony Memorial-Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. For online guestbook or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit: www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Retired principal clerk of Chelsea Treasurer’s office
Delia J. (Mallet) Connors passed away on Monday, June 26 after a brief illness with her caring and loving family at her side and in the peaceful surroundings of her home. She was 75 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, she was a daughter of the late Ernest J. and Laura B. (Arsenault) Mallet. A lifelong Chelsea resident, she attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1960. She married John J. “Jack” Connors and together they raised their family of three in Chelsea.
A devoted housewife and Mother, Delia also worked outside of her home as a data processing clerk at the Winthrop Community Hospital and she was later employed at Chelsea City Hall working for 13 years as a principal clerk in the city Treasurers Office. She retired in 2009.
In her lifetime, Delia enjoyed arts and crafts, sewing, creating and sewing Halloween costumes for her children. She also enjoyed working in ceramics, shopping and browsing through Flea Markets and collecting “Teddy Bears,” but she mostly enjoyed and loved time spent with her family and her grandchildren.
She was the beloved wife of 56 years of John J. “Jack” Connors; devoted mother of Paulette Velastegui, Juliann Boesch and her husband, Roberto and Robert Connors and his wife, Deborah, all of Chelsea; cherished grandmother of Timothy Velastegui, Daniel Velastegui, Kaitlyn Jessee, Christina Boesch, Robert Michael Connors, Rebecca Connors and Rileigh Connors; dear sister of Theresa Roberts of Saugus and the late Ernest Mallet and Rosemarie Cardarelli. Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, June 30 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 today, Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. MA/NH Office, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Former owner of Tap Royal Café and Tudor Garage in Chelsea
Donald Dickerman of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, formerly of Chelsea, passed away on June 20.
He was the former owner of Tap Royal Café and Tudor Garage in Chelsea.
The son of Benjamin and Ruth L (Alpert) Dickerman, he was the brother of Allan I. Dickerman and the companion for 45 years of Frances Merlino.
Services are being held in Florida. Donations in his memory can be made to Chelsea Jewish Life Care, 17 Lafayette Avenue, Chelsea.
Robert ‘Bob’ Spinney, Sr.
US Postal Service retiree
Bob, a lifetime Chelsea resident, passed away peacefully in his home on Wednesday, June 14 at the age of 85.
He attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School with the class of 1950. In August of 1952, he married his longtime sweetheart, Margaret. Shortly thereafter, Bob was drafted into the US Army, serving honorably during the Korean Conflict. After receiving his discharge, Bob returned to his Chelsea home with Margaret and together began their family.
He worked as a postal letter carrier in Revere and Chelsea for 38 years. In his younger years, Bob was an amateur boxer, but he was also a kind, gentle, compassionate soul. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife and spending time in the company of his children and grandchildren. He is remembered for his sense of humor and loved to make others laugh with his jokes and stories.
In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by his sisters, the late Barbara Cameron and the late Florence Brinster. He is survived by his forever beloved wife of 65 years, Margaret (Kashian) Spinney of Chelsea. He was the devoted father and father-in-law of Cheryl Lombardi and her husband, Robert of Peabody, Robert F. Spinney, Jr and his wife, Kathleen of Chelsea and Joanne Simonelli of Lynnfield and her late husband, Louis Simonelli. Bob was also the cherished grandfather of Michael Lombardi and his wife, Mia, Lauren Lombardi, Alexandra and Andrea Simonelli and Robert F. Spinney, III. and adored great grandfather of Avery. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home , Chelsea. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Louis Simonelli, III to the Leonard Florence Center for Living “Dapper’s ALS Residence” 165 Captains Row, Chelsea MA 02150 https://www.dappershouse.org/take-action
Roland Souza Velho of Fall River, formerly of Chelsea, died on September 9. He was 92 years old.
The husband of the late Mildred (Kennerson) Velho, he was born in Fall River, the
son of the late Madeline (Viveiros) and John S. Velho Sr. He worked as a truck driver for Merchant Tire and also as a nighttime custodian for Beth Israel Hospital.
He was the father of the late David Velho and is survived by his daughter-in-law, Kathy Velho, three grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by five siblings.
His service will be held on Friday, September 16 at 10 a.m. at the Fall River Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2695 N. Main St., Fall River, with burial to follow at Pocasset Hill, Tiverton, RI. Arrangements are by the A F Almeida & Son Funeral Home, 1309 Globe St. Fall River. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the America Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma, OK 73123 or the Joslin Clinic, 1 Joslin Pl., Boston, MA 02215. For on line guestbook, visit: www.almeida-pocasset.com
Worked at Dunkin Donuts on Everett Avenue until the age of 83; active member of Everett Moose
Helen E. (Nadworny) Allen of Chelsea passed away on September 8 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a very brief illness.
Born in Chelsea 92 years ago, for over 20 years, and until it’s closing, she worked as a clerk for the American Optical Company. After its closing, and for the next 20 years, she worked for Dunkin Donuts, previously known as Mister Donut on Everett Avenue, retiring at the age of 83. She was also an active member of the Everett Moose.
She was the devoted wife of the late William B. Allen; devoted mother of Carol Giordano of Revere, June Falco and her husband, Anthony of East Windsor, New Jersey and the late Naomi “Jeannie” Hornbraye; dear sister of the late Jean Bowen, Sophie Gisetto, Joseph, Michael, Frank, Chester, Charles and William Nadworny; cherished grandmother of Stacey Zolla, Richard Giordano and Kelly and Sean Falco. She is also lovingly survived by her great grandchildren: CJ, Angelo and Addario Zolla and Joseph and Jessica Giordano, her sister-in-law, Eva Nadworny of Peabody and by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. To send a message of condolence to Helen’s family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com
Walter ‘Fishcake’ ‘Wally’ Szczerbinski
Past Post Commander of PAV Post 13 of Chelsea
Walter F. Szczerbinski of Lynnfied, formerly of Chelsea and Peabody, passed away after a brief Illness on September 7 at the Hunt Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Danvers. He was 90 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the youngest of five children born to the late Vincent and Albina Szczerbinski. He graduated from Chelsea High School, enlisted in the US Navy and served honorably during World War II. While in the Navy, he served as a ships electrician and received additional training and education in public health.
He was honorably discharged in 1946 at the rank of Coxswain and returned to Chelsea to marry the former Theresa J. Branczewska. Together they raised a family of three daughters and one son. Walter continued his education in public health. He worked for many years as a Health Inspector for the cities of Chelsea and Salem. He later took the position of health and environmental supervisor in the Emergency Department at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston. After his retirement, he continued part time work as a security officer at Avnet in Peabody.
A resident of Chelsea for much of his life, he and his wife moved to Peabody in the 1980’s and settled in Lynnfield seven years ago. He was a member, officer and past Post Commander of the PAV Post 13 of Chelsea. Walter enjoyed reading, bike riding and spending time with his beloved wife, family and grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his siblings: William and Charles Szczerbinski, Irene Lantych and Hedwig Kornack. He is survived by his wife of 66 years Theresa J. Szczerbinski. He was the devoted father and father-in-law of Anita M. Bedrosian and her late husband, Peter of Lynnfield, Judy Szczerbinski of Peabody, Mary Sciuto and her husband, David of Dunstable and Thomas J. Szczerbinski and his wife Andrea of Arlington, VA; the cherished grandfather of Jessica and Matthew Bedrosian, Travis and Shannon Benson, Ryan and Justin Szczerbinski.
Funeral arrangements were by Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Should friends desire, contributions in Walter’s memory may be made to a charity of their choice.
John J. Gerace of Acton passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 28 at UMass Medical Center surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness. He was 56 years old.
John was born on April 30, 1960 in a military hospital at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He attended Chelsea High School and was a delivery truck driver for Office Source in Burlington for 18 years. He loved movies, especially military movies, and was very interested and well read on anything military. In his spare time, John enjoyed fishing and collecting comic books. John was a devoted husband and father and will be greatly missed.
John is survived by his beloved wife of 28 years, Rita M. (McAleavey) Gerace; his daughter, Jillian A. Gerace of Acton; his father, Harry L. Gerace, Sr. of Bedford and his mother, Ruth M. (McCarthy) Gerace of Jacksonville, NC. He is also survived by his siblings: Francis X. Gerace and his wife, Martina of Winchendon, Harry L. Gerace, Jr. and his wife, Mercy of East Boston, Brian K. Gerace and his wife, Donna of Attleboro, Helen A. Gerace of Acton, Joseph A. Gerace and his wife, Ute of Jacksonville, NC, and Marion R. Jones and her husband, Anthony of Wakefield; and his godmother, Jane Benduzek of Weymouth. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services are private. A celebration of John’s life will be held at a later date. Mercadante Funeral Home & Chapel, 370 Plantation St., Worcester was honored to have assisted the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Avenue, Waltham, MA 01701 (www.heart.org).
Thomas R. Cromwell of Virginia Beach, Virginia, formerly of Chelsea, died early on Saturday morning, July 30. He was 58 years old.
Born in Chelsea and a resident here until moving to Virginia in 1992, Thomas worked as a chef in local restaurants including Bennigans and Houlihans.
He was the beloved husband of Maureen K. Lee of Lynn; devoted father of Thomas Richard Henry Cromwell of Lynn and Keturah Joan Jackson of Washington, DC; loving brother of Doreen Hornbeak and her husband, Steven of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Beverly Martin-Ross and her husband, Larry of Chelsea, Charlie Martin of Lynn, Maurice Cromwell of Chelsea, John Cromwell of Hubbardston, Paula Cromwell of Chelsea, John Martin and his wife, Delia of Chelsea, Richelle Cromwell and her husband, Larry of Chelsea, Joan Cromwell and her husband, Kenneth Umemba of Chelsea, Darren Cromwell and his wife, Sue of Lincoln, Gregory Carter of Medford and the late Andrea Martin. He is also lovingly survived by a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea.
To send a message of condolence to his family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com
Sandra Heckley, of Chelsea died on May 6. She was 76 years old.
The daughter of the late Justin and Florence Lee, she was the beloved wife of the late George Heckley; dear mother of James and his wife, Teresa, George, Sandy and Stephanie Heckley and the late Sharon Heckley and loved grandmother of Robert Stephens.
Services will be private. Donations in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice. To leave a condolence, visit www.bostoncremation.org.
Rosalie M. (Luciano) Horn of Chelsea passed away May 4. She was 78 years old.
The longtime partner for over 50 years of William”Ike” Miller, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Grace (Donabedian) Luciano; loving mother of Karen Furtado of Revere, Grayce Guarnieri of Florida, Cheryl Horn of Medfield, Michelle Pierni of Woburn, Paul Pierni of California, David Williams of South Boston, Angela Miller of Revere, Bruce Portlock of Worcester, Alonzo Portlock of Chelsea and the late Ronald M. Horn; sister of Paul Luciano of Saugus, Francine LeBel of New Hampshire, Enrico Luciano of Chelsea, Carmella Mello of Revere and Joseph Luciano of Winthrop, cherished grandmother of eight and great grandmother of 15. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Friday, May 13 in St Rose of Lima Church, Chelsea at 10 a.m. For online guestbook www.vazzafunerals.com
Owner of Parkway Motors on Williams Street
Joseph T. DeFelice, born in and a lifelong resident of Chelsea, passed away Saturday afternoon, May 7 at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House at the age of 85. A cancer survivor of over 12 years, he passed away from bladder cancer that was diagnosed in the latter part of last year.
A local businessman for over 60 years, Joe was the owner of Parkway Motors on Williams Street. Dedicated to his family, Joe was known to family and friends as someone who could fix anything. He was a devoted parishioner of Our Lady of the Assumption Church and after its closing, St. Michael’s Chapel on the grounds of the Chelsea Soldiers Home. A former member of the Merritts Club, in his spare time he enjoyed time on Marco Island in Florida as well as gardening and taking in stray animals.
He was the devoted husband for 62 years of the late Joanne D. “MiMi” Goffredo; beloved father of Rosemarie DeFelice and her husband, Joseph Fineran of Revere and Angela DiPerri and her husband, Ronald of Wakefield; brother of the late James C. DeFelice, Guy T. DeFelice and his late wife Dorothy and Charles DeFelice; cherished grandfather of Regina Colombo of Providence, RI, Ronald “Sonny” DePerri II of California and Jessica Fitzgerald and her husband, John of Marshfield. He is also lovingly survived by his great grandchildren: Jack, Griffin, Julia and Declan as well as by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Saturday, May 14 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Michael the Archangel Chapel, 91 Crest Avenue, Chelsea at 10 o’clock. Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home will be on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Expressions of sympathy in Joe’s name may be made to St. Michael’s Chapel or to the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, c/o Community Relations Dept., VNA of Middlesex East, 607 North Ave., Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880. To send a message of condolence to Joe’s family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com
Boston Edison retiree and former Chelsea resident
Joseph J. Argonish Of Lynnfield, formerly of Scranton, PA and Chelsea, passed away on May 6 after a brief illness in the peaceful surroundings of his home surrounded by his family. Born and raised in Scranton, PA he was one of four sons born to the late Joseph and Anna (Schipp) Argonish. Joe received his early education in Scranton where he graduated from High School and enlisted in the US Navy. He served for four years during the Korean Conflict. In 1952 while still enlisted he was wed to Irene Chwaliszewski. He was honorably discharged and began his life with his young bride in Chelsea. The devoted husband and father of one daughter and one son, Joe began working for Boston Edison as an Electrical Engineer. He furthered his education at Northeastern University receiving a Bachelor’s Degree of Business Administration in Engineering and Management. He moved his family to Lynnfield and has resided there for the past 57 Years. Joe retired from Boston Edison after a career of 38 years.
He was a proud Navy veteran and past member of the PAV Post 13, Chelsea. In his lifetime Joe was an avid golfer and enjoyed his time golfing at Colonial and Sagamore Golf courses.
In addition to his parents, Joe was also preceded in death by his son, William Argonish and a brother, Jackie Argonish. He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years Irene (Chwaliszewski) Argonish and devoted daughter Barbara Argonish, two surviving brothers, Michael Argonish of Peckville PA, and Robert Argonish of Ocean View DE. He is also survived by numerous relatives and friends.
His services and burial will be private. Should friends desire, contributions in Joe’s memory may be made to: Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 or online at WWW.CareDimensions.org since they were so helpful, caring and supportive of him and the family.
Steven A. Langille of Amesbury, formerly of North Reading, passed away peacefully on March 18.
Mr. Langille was a US Air Force veteran and a member of the VFW.
He was the beloved husband of Sharon (Deering) Langille; devoted father of Christine Langille of Beachmont, Revere, David Langille of Beverly, Loriann Latmier of Nashua and Sean Langille of Washington, DC; dear brother of Janet Dunbar of Derry NH and Barbara Djenelewski of Milton; adored grandfather of Tommy, Ricky and Patrick and is also survived by many cherished nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Services concluded with Steven being laid to rest with Military Honors in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers and in honor of Steven’s life, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 480 Peasant St Watertown. 02472 .
Brian Peters, Sr.
Beloved longtime member of the
First Baptist Church
Brian J. Peters, Sr. of Berwick, Maine, formerly of Revere, died on March 3 at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. He was 62 years old. .
He was a member of the Electricians Union Local 103, a long time member of the Boy Scouts and a beloved longtime member of the The First Baptist Church. Brian loved the Lord and everyday he put his faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
The son of the Late Francis X. and Elizabeth P. (MacNamara) Peters, he was the beloved husband of Dorothea Filipowich-Peters; devoted father of Brian J. Jr and his wife, Angelica of Sanford, Maine and Dennis F. of Randolph; cherished grandfather of Nevaeh Faith Peters, Mattea Grace Peters, Brian J. Peters III and Isabella Jimenez; loving uncle of Scott Murphy and his wife, Kim, Jessica Filipowich, Olivia Scarlet Filipowich, Christina Filipowich, Matthew Filipowich, Nicholas Filipowich and William Roselli. He also leaves his great nieces and nephews: Jack, Ilea, Aiden, Hayden, and Scott Jr. He was the dear brother in-law of Bill and Donna Filipowich, Ronald and Kristen Filipowich, and Lorraine and Joe Troville.
A celebration of life service was held in the First Baptist Church, Shurtleff Street, Chelsea. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Camp Shiloh, 138 Gordon Drive, Jefferson NH 03583. For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com0
Henry Murphy, Jr.
Henry T. Murphy Jr. of Chelsea, formerly of Quincy and Lynn, died on March 20. He was 72 years old.
A member of Teamsters Local 25, he was the devoted father of Cheriann O’Connor and her husband, Michael and their children, Riley and Madison, all of Quincy; son of the late Henry T., Sr. and Edith (Lynch) Murphy; brother of Rita Corey and her husband, Chuck, Carol Sullivan and her husband, Robert and Thomas Murphy, all of Florida, Paul Murphy and his wife, Carol of Fall River and the late Edith Shenett and her late husband, Al. He is also lovingly survived by his companion, Edith Gallant of Chelsea, his former wife, Ann Crickett and her husband, Brian of Quincy, their daughter, Robyn Davidson and her husband, Matt of Weymouth as well as by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Family and friends are kindly invited to attend Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Friday, March 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 5 p.m. Following cremation, interment services will be held at New Calvary Cemetery at a day and time to be announced. To send a message of condolence to Henry’s family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com
Susan Jane Rice
Longtime UPS employee
Susan Jane (Rollins) Rice passed away Thursday morning, March 17 at the Lahey Clinic Hospital in Burlington. She was 65 years old.
Born in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Irving and Laura Cynthia (Findlay) Rollins, Susan attended Chelsea Public Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1968. She received her Associate’s Degree in Business and worked as a customs house broker for UPS in Chelsea for many years until June of 2015 when her illness prevented her from working. Susan was the current secretary of the Air Cargo Club of New England and was also a past president of the club. She liked to keep busy with her hobbies of jewelry making, crafts and sewing. She will be greatly missed by all her family, friends and extended family at the UPS.
Susan was the beloved wife of Garry H. Rice of Revere; devoted mother of Michelle Gregory and her husband, Vincent A. of Revere and Colby H. Rice and his fiance, Julie Vallarelli of Arlington. She is also lovingly survived by two grandchildren, Amanda and Brianna Gregory, both of Revere.
A Memorial Service and a celebration of Susan’s life was conducted in the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Wednesday, March 23. For those who wish, donations in Susan’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Robert ‘Sully’ Sullivan
10-Year resident of Admiral’s Hill
Robert J. “Sully” Sullivan passed away on Tuesday, March 15 at the West Revere Health Center where he was receiving supportive care for the past several days following a long illness. He was 73 years old.
Born in Cambridge on March 18, 1942, he was one of four children of the late Daniel J. and Grace R. (Cooper) Sullivan. He attended St. Mary’s Parochial School in Cambridge. His family later settled in Somerville where he graduated from Somerville High School.
Sully enlisted in the US Army and served during the Vietnam Era. He was honorably discharged at the rank of PFC and returned to Somerville.
A resident of Everett for many years, he worked as a Teamster/Truck Driver driving large tanker trucks with White Fuel for over 20 years. He later worked for the USPS in South Boston at the South Postal Annex as a building custodian. He settled on Admirals Hill in Chelsea together with his wife ten years ago. After retiring and up to a year ago, Sully volunteered his time as grounds keeper at the Immaculate Conception parish in Everett.
In his lifetime, Sully enjoyed walking along Revere Beach and summers following the Red Sox. He was a proud and longtime member of Teamsters Local 25, Boston.
Sully is survived by his beloved wife and companion of 40 years, Cheryl A. (White) Sullivan. He was the devoted father and step-father of Kim O’Brien and her husband, James of Bradford, Shawn White and his wife, Rosa of Everett, Christopher White of Boston, Kenneth White and his wife, Cheryl of West Springfield; dear brother of Lillian Sullivan of Arlington, Diane Sullivan of Stoneham and Daniel Sullivan of Tyngsboro; cherished grandfather of Brant and Corbin O’Brien, Shawn Michael White, Olivia and Vivienne White.
A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church, Everett. Inurnment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Ste. B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit
Sylvia C. Rodas-Dugal died as a result of injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident in Lynn early Saturday morning February 27. She was 25 years old. Born in Guatemala City, she was the beloved daughter of Mario L. Rodas and Silvia L. Dugal Rodas of Chelsea. When she was nine years old her family settled in Chelsea, she attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. She continued her education at U.Mass Boston. Silvia worked these past years as an office receptionist with investment banking firms in downtown Boston Financial District. She enjoyed holidays, travelling around New England and Disney World in Florida and by spending time with her young son and younger siblings at home.
She is survived by her loving parents Mario L. and Silvia L. Rodas, her son George Chappell IV and his father George Chappell III. She was the dear sister of Mario A. Rodas, Kevin Rodas and Diana Rodas, all at home in Chelsea and is also survived by her maternal grandmother, Maria Hernandez, paternal grandparents Virginia Mazariegos and Jose Inocente Rodas, all of Guatemala.
Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday March 5, at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at the Immaculate Conception Church, 133 Beach St., Revere at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home on Friday from 5 to 9 p.m.. Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit
Lifelong Chelsea resident
Beatrice (Feinberg) Sugarman, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, entered eternal rest on February 12. She was 90 years old.
She was the devoted wife of the late Jack Sugarman; beloved mother of Bruce and Karen Sugarman, Joel and Marise Sugarman and Moira Sugarman; adored grandmother of Gregory and Diana Sugarman, Joanne Sugarman and Joshua Sugarman; cherished great grandmother of Arthur Sugarman, Selena Chavarria and Jocelyn Lemus and dear sister of Miriam Seigal and the late Ida Mann and Harry Feinberg.
Uneral arrangements were entrusted to the Goldman Funeral Chapel, Malden. Interment was in Beth Israel #1 Cemetery, Everett.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Friendship House Inc., P.O. Box 916 458 Main St., Norwell, MA 02061. For on line condolences go to: www.goldmanfc.com
Joseph “Danny” Ahern
Well known entreprenur best known for “Danny’s Long Dog” on Revere Beach Boulevard
Joseph “Danny” Ahern passed away on February 28 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home where he had been receiving supportive care for the past several weeks. He was 86 years old.
Born in Providence Rhode Island, he was one of three children born to the late John Patrick and Annie (Mullen) Ahern. As a child, Danny was raised by his widowed mother and beloved aunt. Settling on Jefferson Avenue in Chelsea when he was a young boy, he attended schools in Chelsea and graduated from Chelsea High School.
He enlisted in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant in 1955. Returning to Chelsea, he soon married Jacqueline C. Melanson and together began to raise their family of one daughter and three sons. They later moved to Lynnfield and resided there for many years.
A self-starter and young entrepreneur, Danny’s first business was a fruit stand that he operated on North Shore Road in Revere. But he was best noted for his later establishment, “Danny”s Long Dog” on Revere Beach Blvd., a well-known and fondly remembered Revere Beach Landmark.
Danny was remembered as selling Christmas trees to keep himself occupied during the off season. The stand was relocated by urban renewal to behind the beach to Ocean Ave where he continued operation until his retirement in 1984. About that same time Danny and his wife moved to Winthrop and spent many of their winters in Davie, Florida.
Danny was an avid golfer and all around sportsman with a lifelong penchant for of all things business related. He was a longtime member of both the Winthrop Golf Club and the Sagamore Social Club in Chelsea.
In addition to his parents, Danny was also preceded in death by his sister, Marie Bowe. He is survived by his ever-loving wife of 60 years, Jacqueline C. “Jackie” (Melanson) Ahern. He was the devoted father of Linda Ahern-Roth and her husband, Chip of Bedford, Jim Ahern and his wife, Natalie of Hingham, Danny Ahern and his wife, Chris of Cohasset and Toby Ahern and his wife, Marion of Andover. He was the cherished grandfather of Patrick and Jillian Ahern, Emily Roth, Katie, Rory, Molly, Madison and Grace Ahern; dear brother of Robert P. Ahern and his wife, Lyn of Brandon, VT and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Service will be held in the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Friday March 4 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Interment will follow in Winthrop Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave., Boston MA 02215.
Pastor Alberto Morales
Retired Pastor of Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal Christian Church MI of Chelsea
Retired pastor Alberto Morales of the Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal Christian Church MI passed away on Friday February 26 at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston following complications of a long illness.
Alberto Morales was born and raised in Rio Piedras Puerto Rico, one of nine children born to Eladio and Francesca Santos Morales. He received his early education in Puerto Rico and later studied theology at the Instituto Mizpa. He came to the Boston Area 36 years ago and served as a deacon in the Pentecostal movement before becoming an ordained minister in the Church.
In 1982 he was named Pastor of the Iglesias De Dios Pentecostal Christian Church MI, “Puerta de Refugio” located on Cary Avenue in Chelsea. He remained the pastor there until his retirement in 2008. Throughout his lifetime, Pastor Alberto was extremely devoted to family and church.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years. Maria L Garcia Morales of Boston. He was the beloved father of Marie Morales Johnson and her husband, Robert of Florida, Jose A. Morales and his wife, Ivette, Margarita Rosa and her husband, Norberto, all of Boston; cherished grandfather of Katherine, Ariel A., Karem, and Amarielis Morales, Alec and Margaret Johnson, Jose A. Morales, Jr., Nathaniel and Natalia Rosa. He was the dear brother of Oscar, Felix, Margarita, Francesca, Brunilda, Zenaida Morales, Carmen Class and Anna Morales and is also survived by his many nieces and nephews.
His Funeral was conducted from the Iglesias De Dios Pentecostal Christian Church MI, “Puerta de Refugio” on March 2. Services concluded with Interment at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Roslindale.The pastor’s body lay in state and solemn repose at the Church on March 1. Arrangements were entrusted to the Anthony Memorial/Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Homes of Chelsea.
Damian Szary of Gate Residential, developer of One North in combination with TransDel Corp., in the lobby of the first building of One North and in front of renderings of the second phase.
By Seth Daniel
If there was any question whether or not the Millennial generation would be the target audience for One North, that question has been put to rest, and as the large Heard Street development begins leasing its second phase of construction, owners said they are certainly catering to the Millennial audience with certain “tweaks” to the new building.
Leasing for the new, 222-unit second building next to the original One North building began this month, and tours started last weekend, just as construction goes full speed ahead and target dates for occupancy are May 1 and July 1.
“We really learned our demographic in Phase 1,” said Damian Szary, a Chelsea native and principal of Gate Residential, the project’s developer in combination with TransDel Corp. “It really is the Millennial generation. So, we really tailored this second phase to what they want…We’re doing a larger pool there, for example, than we did here. We saw that our residents really loved the pool and there wasn’t enough space for everyone who wanted to to use it. It will be larger in Phase 2 and there will be an outdoor fireplace area. We’re focusing on open areas and active living.”
That includes also putting in a basketball court on the first floor, with large windows facing towards Rt. 1, a spin studio and more space for a workout.
“We literally tripled our fitness space in the new building,” he said, again stressing the active design of the amenities.
That translated also into the Club Suite, where the kitchen area in the original building wasn’t as popular as they expected. They’ve replaced that with an active bar area, more gaming stations and a movie theatre area that is more open to the Club Suite – as opposed to the theatre in the original building that is closed off from the rest of the Club.
“We love the first building,” he said. “It’s done very well, but we want to build upon it and do something even better.”
Some of the new apartment features include Italian cabinets, a kitchen sink that faces the living room area and appliances such as a dishwasher with hidden controls. There is a washer and dryer in every unit and ample storage space. A one-bedroom unit starts at 693 sq. ft., but there are options for 735 sq. ft. units that include more storage.
One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is the popular doggie-day care.
‘Fetch’ is a third-party provider in the complex that is an ancillary location of the The Dogfather in the North End.
“This is an amazing amenity and people utilize it,” he said, noting there are between 90 and 100 dogs now in the first phase. “They’ll be ready for all the new dogs we expect. People have dog walking services, but no one has an on site dog day care facility run by a third party provider. This is the Dogfather company from the North End and this is an ancillary facility for them. We have also found that we retain residents with dogs at a slightly better rate than those without.”
Szary, who grew up on Marlborough Street and attended St. Stanislaus School until he was in his teens, said another thing that hasn’t changed is the hook of affordability and proximity.
“We are about one mile from downtown Boston and half the rates compared,” he said. “Chelsea is a City in transition and I grew up here until I was 14. I love Chelsea and it’s great to play a part in it coming back.”
Offering studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, One North of Boston’s second phase features premium interior touches that include wide plank flooring, walk-in closets, in-home washer-dryers, Italian cabinets, quartz countertops, Nest thermostats, and views of the Boston skyline from select units. It is also the first residential community in the Greater Boston area to offer onsite doggie daycare services. The building will be open for occupancy in the spring of 2016.
“The lifestyle we created with One North of Boston reflects the best in urban living, and we’re thrilled to begin leasing this second phase,” said Szary. “For people who wanted a second chance to be part of One North, we’ve introduced exciting new features and amenities that we think define this signature property and its remarkable living experience.”
Leasing of phase two began Friday, January 29, 2016. Appointments can be arranged by calling 617-889-8030 or visiting the leasing center on site at One North of Boston. For more information visit: http://www.onenorthofboston.com/