Angelina A. DeRosa, a 70-year resident of
Chelsea, formerly of East Boston, passed away unexpectedly at home on Sunday,
July 21 at the age of 88.
Born and raised in East Boston, she was a
daughter of the late Pasquale and Louise (Salvatori) DeRosa.
Angie worked for many years as a legal
secretary in East Boston for Charles J. Ligotti, Esq. and later with his
successor Robert Constantino, Esq. She was a lifelong parishioner at St
Rose Church in Chelsea and sang in the church choir for many years. She was a
talented home seamstress fashioning her own clothes and teaching sewing at East
Boston High School. She also enjoyed baking and home gardening.
In addition to her parents, Angie was
predeceased by her brother, Pasquale DeRosa, Jr. She is survived by her beloved
sister, Marie DeRosa of Chelsea and Gertrude Dwyer of Newburyport and her dear
brother, Nicholas DeRosa of Lynnfield. She is also survived by many loving
nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces and
Funeral arrangements were by the Anthony
Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at
Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory
may be made to a charity of their choice.
August 8, 1926 – July 24, 2019
Theresa J. Szczerbinski passed away on
Wednesday, July 24 at Sunrise of Lynnfield where she was residing in
assisted living for the past two and a half years. She was in her 93rd year.
Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the only beloved daughter of the late Frank
and Lottie (Nawrocki) Branczewski. Sometimes known as Tessie or Terry to her
friends, Theresa attended Chelsea schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High
She married Walter F. Szczerbinski and
together they raised a family of three daughters and one son. From time to
time, Terry worked outside of her home. She is remembered by her daughters for
the time she worked at Bailey’s Ice Cream in Boston, preparing special treats
for them when they visited their mom at work. She also performed secretarial
services for a Chelsea realtor and later worked as a sales lady at the former
Jordan Marsh in Peabody.
A resident of Chelsea for much of her life,
she settled with her husband in Peabody in the 1980’s and settled in Lynnfield
nine years ago.
She was a life-long supporting and devoted
parishioner of St Stanislaus Church in Chelsea. She was active in parish life
as a member of the former Ladies Sodality and church choir and she was also a
longtime member of the former PAV Ladies Aux Post 13 in Chelsea. She enjoyed
attending the many polka dances and other social affairs at the post.
In her lifetime, Tessie had a love of music,
entertaining family and friends singing and playing the piano completely by
ear. She is fondly remembered for her many baked goods and home style pastries.
Theresa was widowed by the passing of
her beloved husband of 68 years in September of 2016. She was the dearly
beloved mother and mother-in-law of Anita M. Bedrosian and her late husband,
Peter, Jr. 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; cherished grandmother of Jessica and Matthew Bedrosian, Travis
and Shannon Benson and Ryan and Justin Szczerbinski.
arrangements were by Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home,
Chelsea. Interment was at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Should friends
desire, contributions in Theresa’s memory may be made to a charity of their
Sept. 3, 1935 – July 26, 2019
Elba Mazier passed away on Friday, July 26
while receiving supportive care at Eastpointe Rehabilitation Center in Chelsea.
She was 83 years old.
Born and raised in Trujillo Colon, Honduras,
she was a daughter of the late Lorenzo Luna and Dora Mercado. Elba settled in
Chelsea and made her home here for the past 35 years.
Elba was beloved by her community and was a
longtime faithful communicant and parishioner of St. Rose of Lima Parish. Her
life devotion was to home and family.
She was the widowed spouse of Arturo Modesto
Mazier-Flowers. She is survived by her sons, Elvis Mazier of Chelsea, Melvin
Mazier of Conneticut, Marlon Mazier of Boston and Cesar Luna of Colombia and by
her many friends.
Relatives and friends are most kindly
invited to attend visiting hours at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home,
718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. Her funeral will begin
on Friday from the Welsh Funeral Home at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at
St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 10:00 a.m. Services will conclude
with interment at Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn. Funeral home is fully handicap
accessible, ample parking opposite funeral home.
by Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home.
Chelsea Soldiers Home Maintenance Worker
Raymond J. LeClair, age 72,
passed away unexpectedly at the Chelsea
Soldiers Home on Tuesday, July 23.
Born and raised in Lowell, a son of the late
Raymond, Sr. and Mary Alice (Colinge) LeClair, Ray attended school in Lowell
and graduated from Lowell High School. He enlisted in the US Army, served
honorably during the Vietnam Era in a field artillery unit and was discharged
in 1969. He worked as a drywall installer for many years and for the past
several years he was a maintenance worker at the Chelsea Soldiers Home.
Ray, a longtime resident at the Chelsea Soldiers
Home Dormitory, is remembered by the other residents, workers and many friends
for his congeniality and willingness to help others.
He is survived by his sister Linda Strand,
brother Kenneth LeClair and several nieces and nephews.
Service with Military Honors was held on Thursday, July 25 in the Martin
Auditorium and the Home’s Chaplin, Rev. Patrick Healy and Superintendent Cheryl
Poppe led those gathered in fond tribute and remembrances to Ray.
Jose Orlando Paz
A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday by
Rev. Reynaldo Escobar in St. Rose of Lima
Church for Jose Orlando Paz who passed away in the peaceful surroundings
of his Chelsea home in the presence of his loving family. He was 75 years old.
concluded with Jose
being placed to
rest in Pine
Grove Cemetery in Lynn.
Born in San Pedro Sula Honduras, the beloved
son of Ana Rosa Martinez of Chelsea and the late Ignacio Paz, Jose grew up and attended school in La Lima Honduras
and came to the
United States as a young man, settling in
Chelsea in 1981. He has been a Chelsea
resident for the past 38 years. Jose
worked as a chauffeur for Wing’s temporary employment agency, driving workers
to and from their daily assignments.
A hardworking man, he was an inspiration
instilling the virtues of honest work and education to his beloved nieces and
nephews. His life was devoted to
supporting his home and extended family.
He enjoyed soccer, favoring teams Lempira and Maratone. He is survived by his belove mother, Ana R.
Martinez, his son, Calin Paz in Mexico, his loving sister, Teresa Martinez of
Chelsea and several brothers and sisters here and in Honduras. He was the cherished uncle of Teresa Garcia,
Dennis Garcia, Gabriella Garcia, Jorge Garcia, Olga Rodriguez and their
Arrangements were under the care and
direction of the Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Chelsea.
For online guest
book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit: www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Peter Zaksheski, a lifelong Chelsea resident
and a prominent and personable community leader for decades, was installed as
the president of the Rotary Club of Chelsea at the Installation of Officers
Dinner June 25 at Spinelli’s, Lynnfield.
Zaksheski, director of the Frank A. Welch and Sons Funeral Home, became the service organization’s 92nd president, taking the oath of office from past Rotary president Allan I. Alpert, the program’s master of ceremonies.
Chelsea Rotary Club President Peter Zaksheski and his wife, Donna Zaksheski
“It is with the greatest enthusiasm and
profound humility that I stand before you now for the first time as the 92nd
president of Chelsea Rotary Club,” said Zaksheski. “I am reminded of the many
great leaders who have presided over this club and I can only hope that I will
carry out the purpose as effectively as the 91 men and women who have come
Zaksheski pledged that he will work
diligently representing the club in a professional manner, invite and respect
new perspectives, strive to uphold all of the club’s principles, and “most
importantly move our shared and common mission over the next year.”
In his remarks, Zaksheski commended the
efforts of his predecessor, outgoing president Maureen Foley.
“I want to applaud and acknowledge all the
hard work and determination on the part of our outgoing president, Maureen,”
said Zaksheski. “Thank you for all that you’ve done this past year.”
He expressed his gratitude to his wife,
“I am delighted that my wife, Donna is here
tonight,” he said. “She is truly my best friend and greatest supporter.”
He paid tribute to his parents, the late
Chester and Charlotte Zaksheski.
“Although my mother and father have passed
some time ago, tonight I would like to honor them for providing me with the
necessary tools in life. They taught me about commitment, demonstrated their
empathy to those less fortunate, and provided me with the tools necessary to
make the right choice in life.
“Charlotte and Chester, I know that you are
looking down tonight with a sense of pride,” said Peter.
“I was born in Chelsea. I still make Chelsea
my home. And I am a third-generation business owner. I’ve seen first-hand the
wonderful and special things that Rotary has done for our community and how the
people of Chelsea have come together through adversity.
“It is my hope and belief that our club will
continue to be a positive impact in our community,” said Zaksheski. “I view
myself as a temporary occupant of the presidency, and to that end, my goal is
to provide a strong stewardship, and my primary goal is to leave the club just
a little better off than I find it tonight.”
Zaksheski said the club will continue its
noble deeds such as sending local youths to Camp Rotary, providing scholarships
to Chelsea students, helping Chelsea families who suffer devastating fires in
their homes, and participating in other charitable endeavors.
The new president said he hopes to attract
new members to the Rotary Club.
“Let us continue to invite other business
leaders to our club and further demonstrate to them all of the programs and
services we implement each and every year,” said Zaksheski. “I believe that
they will want to become part of something good and positive in this age of
“Thank you all
for the opportunity to be your president and I thank you all for the work that
you do and continue to do on behalf of the Chelsea Rotary Club,” he concluded.
Santo A. “Sam” Agri passed away Thursday
morning, June 6 at
the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home surrounded
by his loving family. He was 95 years old. Born in East Boston, the
son of the late Giuseppe and Josephine (Astorino) Agri, Sam grew up
in Revere and attended Revere public schools. He enlisted in the US
Army on July 26, 1943 and served almost a year and a half overseas, including
Western Germany, Rome and Southern France. Corporal Agri was
honorably discharged on December 12, 1946, receiving the European African
Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
Upon returning home from the service, Sam
opened an aluminum siding business with his brother. He owned the
business for many years before he began working at the Naval Ship Yard in
Charlestown. As a carpenter by trade, Sam worked on the USS
Constitution while employed at the Naval Ship Yard.
Sam and his beloved wife of 68 years, the
late Theresa R. (Bellino) Agri, were long time Chelsea residents.
Sam and his wife had a passion for
dancing. They would travel all over to dance. A few of
their favorite spots included the Chelsea Polish Club, Polcari’s, and the
Cathay Pacific Restaurant in Quincy.
Sam adored his large family and loved
spending time with all of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He
will be greatly missed by all his family.
Sam was the devoted father of Joseph M. Agri
of Florida, Janice J. Christoforo and her husband, John of Holbrook, Joan
Ramage and her husband, Joseph of Avon and Joyce Agri and her husband, Stephen
Thomas of Malden. Sam was pre-deceased by 13 brothers and
sisters. He is also lovingly survived by six grandchildren: John and
Matthew Christoforo, Dominic and Andrea Taverna and Eddie and Theresa
Klosiewicz and four great grandchildren, Julia, Nicholas, Jimmy and Thomas
Mass was celebrated on Saturday, June 8 at Our Lady of Grace Church in
Chelsea. Interment with Military Honors concluded the service
at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Funeral arrangements were
entrusted to the Carafa Family Funeral Home in Chelsea.
Luis Garcia Maldonado
Nov. 30, 1958 – June 8, 2019
Luis Garcia Maldonado passed away Saturday
morning, June 8 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett after a brief
He was born in Progreso, Yoro, Honduras into
the family of the late Amelia Maldonado-Perez and Luis García-Robles. He
received his formal education in Honduras. He married Lelis Carcamo and, with
his young family, came to the United States, settled in Chelsea and for a brief
time moved to Texas before returning to Chelsea some 25 years ago.
Luis supported his family working as a
marina laborer. He was employed for many years in the shipyard of Boston Towing
and Transportation, maintaining their fleet of tugboats and barges. A hard
worker and devoted family man, in his spare time Luis enjoyed home gardening,
time with family and friends, cooking, socializing and traveling to Honduras to
visit with family.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Lelis
Carcamo and was the devoted father of Gina Flores and her husband, Jose of
Lynn, Karla Carcamo and Leslie García, both of Chelsea and Heidy García of
Progreso-Yoro, Honduras. He was the cherished grandfather of Evelin Esteban,
Cindi Flores, Laura Flores, Elizabeth Alacaron and Joshua Alacaron; dear
brother of Carminda García-Maldonado, Elvia García-Maldonado, Mercedes
García-Maldonado, Humberto García-Maldonado, Paulino García-Maldonado and
Famelisia García-Maldonado. He is also survived by many great grandchildren,
nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.
friends are invited to visit at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718
Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, June 13 from 3 to 8 p.m. His funeral
will begin from the Welsh Funeral home on Friday, June 14 at 9 a.m.
followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway Chelsea at 10 a.m.
Services will conclude with interment, location to be announced. Funeral home
fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite funeral home.
Decorated veteran and GE retiree
Daniel Mikolajewski of Chelsea died on May
Danny was born in December of 1946, the
youngest of four children and was a lifelong resident of Chelsea. Raised on
Beacon Street, he spent his youth at St. Stanislaus School. He attended Everett
Vocational for printing and worked odd jobs during and after high school until
he enlisted in the United States Army in September of 1966 and was stationed in
Vietnam during the war. It was during those three years of service that he
fought for the peace of others and the safety of his comrades. Within the three
years of being in Vietnam fighting the battle, it was because of his courage,
dedication and bravery that Danny was awarded The National Defense Service
Medal, Vietnam Service Medal , 3 Bronze Stars for Meritorious Achievement, The
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and The Combat Infantryman Badge.
In 1969, he was honorably discharged and off
to start a new chapter in his life. It was at this time he met his beloved
friend of 50 years and wife of 48 years, Betty.
Danny worked for Lawson Machinery and Tool
for some time until he secured a job as a helicopter engine tester for General
Electric in Lynn, where he worked for 37 years until his retirement.
Danny was a former longtime member of the
Polish Falcons of Chelsea and attended Patriots games as a season ticket holder
before they started to win. He was an avid bowler on multiple teams at Townline
in Malden and, in his remaining years, he spent time as a member and avid
cribbage player at the Polish Political Club of Chelsea.
He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth
“Betty” (Gubski) Mikolajewski, devoted father of Kristin Beth (Mikolajewski)
Breen and her husband, Joseph of Quincy and Daniel Mikolajewski, Jr. and his
wife, Siobhan of Norwood; brother of Geraldine Douglas and her husband, Arthur
of Lynnfield and the late Edward Miles and his surviving wife, Joyce Miles of
Wilmington and Wallace Miles; brother-in law of Sr. Barbara Ann Gubski, SND of
Chelsea; cherished grandfather of Madeline Adele Breen, Evelyn Claire Breen and
1976 Danny became a father, first came the birth of their daughter Kristin Beth
and six years later in 1982 son Daniel Jr was born. Both of which he was very
proud. He became a father once again with the addition of his son-in-law, Joe
and daughter-in-law, Siobhan to the family. But the most recent of happy times
in his life for the past eight years was his three beautiful grandchildren,
Maddie, Evie and Fiona-Maggie. Never a time went by when he didn’t crack a
smile or belt a laugh because they brought him pure joy in that moment of time.
Danny’s lengthy illness with cancer called
him home on May 11, 2019. He passed with the one true constant in his life of
50 years by his side his best friend and beloved wife.
A Celebration of
Life was held on Sunday, June 2 in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington
Avenue, Chelsea. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial
contributions be made to the Leonard Florence Center for the Living, 165
Captains Row, Chelsea, MA 02150 or to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen St.,
Suite 250, Framingham, MA 01701 or to Exceptional Citizens Week at Camp Fatima
Of Everett, formerly of Chelsea
Sonya J. (Senna) Cannon of Everett,
formerly of Chelsea, died on June 6.
She was the beloved wife of the late
Thomas., mother of Ronald M. and his wife, Jodi A. of Pelham, NH, sister
of Ronald F. Senna of Everett and is also survived by two grandchildren,
Mackenzie M. and Thomas J., one niece, Suzanne Senna, and one nephew, Sean
Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore
Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, 331 Main St., Everett. Interment was in the
Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For more information: 1-877-71-ROCCO or
Member of Chelsea Knights of Columbus
James A. Lanzillo, of Revere, formerly of
Chelsea, died on June 4.
During his working years, he was employed as
a supervisor of maintenance for an apartment complex. A member of the Chelsea
Knights of Columbus # 83 and was active in the Explorer Post # 109. A lover of
Revere Beach, he especially enjoyed flying kites there.
He was the devoted son of the late Richard
and Ruth (Perry) Lanzillo, longtime companion of the late Tara Tormay, beloved
brother of Richard Lanzillo of Florida, Robert Lanzillo and his wife, Cathy of
Saugus, Paul Lanzillo and his wife, Debbie of Saugus and Denise Domelowicz of
Peabody. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and
grandnephews as well as his canine companions, Lucy, Rocco and Cassie.
At his request, all services will be
To leave a message of condolence for Jim’s
family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com
Of North Reading, formerly of Chelsea
Giuseppe Colucciello of North Reading,
formerly of Chelsea, died on June 8.
He was the beloved husband of the late
Assunta (Savignano), cherished father of Luigi Colucciello and his wife,
Kathleen of Chelsea, dear brother of Michelina, Juigi and Angelo, all of Italy
and the late Camille and Carmela and adoring grandfather of Tia and
His funeral will
be from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere
St, Revere on Friday, June 14 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at
St. Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.
A visitation will be held today, Thursday, June 13 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book, please
Caring and loving person who will be remembered for her keen wit and sense of humor
Carmen Jimenez passed away early Tuesday
morning in the peaceful surroundings of Chelsea home after battling cancer over
the past few years. She was 47 years old.
Born and raised in Olancho, Honduras, she
was one of nine children born to the late Juan Jimenez and Angela
Herrera. She came to Chelsea as a young lady bearing and raising her own
three children here. Carmen worked in the produce department at
Demoulas in Wilmington for past 20 years.
Carmen enjoyed playing bingo, music and
dancing and she will forever be remembered for her keen wit and sense
of humor, always the loving and caring
person who loved entertaining family and friends.
To mourn her passing and cherish her memory,
she leaves her beloved children: Mislean Zelaya of Revere, Michelle Cruz and
Angel Zelaya, both of Chelsea, her sister and housemate, Gladys Herrera. She
was the cherished grandmother of Emanuel, Franklin, Liam and Skyla
Relatives and friends are most kindly
invited to attend visiting hours at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home,
718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, June 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral home is
fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite funeral home.
Her burial be held later next week in
Honduras at the Central Cemetery in Armis, Olancho. For directions or to
send expressions of sympathy, please visit: www.WelshFuneralHome.com
– Frank A. Welsh & Sons, Chelsea, 617-889-2723
Mabel Rosalie Mann was born into eternal
life on Saturday, Feb. 23 in the peaceful surroundings of her home. She was 90
Born and raised in New Bedford, she was one
of ten daughters given to the union of the late Antonio and Bertha (DeWeer)
Monteiro. As a young lady, she settled in Chelsea with her family and resided
here for many years before moving to Swampscott for the past 34 years.
Mabel worked outside of her home as an
administrative assistant and medical records clerk beginning at the Boston
Lying Hospital and later for the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She
retired in 1994.
She was a deeply religious person and held a
strong devotion to St.’s Jude and Faustina. In her lifetime, she enjoyed
walking along the seashore, belly dancing at the Café Amalfi in Cambridge,
cooking chili and kale soup for family and entertaining in her home, hosting
many themed events and celebrations.
In addition to her parents, Mabel was predeceased
by her husband, the late Arthur W. Mann, her grandson, Brent Hynes and her
sisters; Dolores Tynes, B. Frances Pawlak, Sadie Cruz and Edna Monteiro. To
cherish her memory and mourn her passing, she leaves her beloved daughter,
Cyndi Hynes and her husband, Ralph of Danvers; dear sisters, Marjorie Silva of
Lynn, Gladys Fermino of East Providence, RI, Antonia Duarte of Revere, Pearl
Monteiro of Hyde Park and Rachel Silva of Boston. She was the cherished
grandmother of Brandon Hynes of San Diego, CA and Justin Hynes of Danvers and
she is also survived by several loving nieces, nephews and extended family
Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A.
Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, March 1, at 9
a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, 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. The funeral
home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite funeral home.
desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research
Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.
Her love and
tenderness knew no bounds
Kathleen Virginia “Katie” (Espinola) Santos
of South Berwick, ME, formerly of Lynn, passed away with her family by her side
at the Mass General Hospital in Boston on Feb. 20 at the age of 59.
Born Aug. 28, 1959 in Chelsea, Katie was a
career Mom – boundless in her devotion to her family as well as friends. A
parishioner of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Sanford, ME, she was active
with Lent and Advent Book Studies; an integral aide to the Jumble Sale
fundraising event and regularly participated in Community Care Day. During her
years in Lynn, she was an active parishioner of the former St. Alban’s
A passionate child advocate, especially for
children with autism, she dedicated an abundance of time through her life to
working with and for children. Her love and tenderness knew no bounds.
She stood as the “Neighborhood Mom” in every
community in which she lived, always there to lend support to anyone in need.
She will rest as the Patron Saint of the Santos Clan.
The beloved wife of 37 years to Stephen
Manuel Santos, she was a devoted mother to Joseph Frederick, Adam Justin and
Kenneth Stephen, as well as a loving Vao Vo to Alexia Raquel, Rylee Benjamin,
Zandros Michael Manuel and Kenneth Stephen.
She passes to her celestial family above.
She was the loving daughter of the late Francis J. and Marguerite I. Espinola
and dear sister to Donald F., Nancy A., Joseph F., Phillip A., and Kenneth W.,
as well as loving niece of the late Rod and Phyllis Moore, Bill and
Gladys Keefe and Buddy Sheppard.
Her Funeral will
begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on
Saturday, March 2 at 12 noon followed by a Holy Eucharist Service at St. Luke’s
Church, 201 Washington Ave., Chelsea at 1 p.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
Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral home is fully handicap accessible, ample
parkingopposite the funeral home.
Joanne Claire Tarason
Owned Coprico Printing in Chelsea, member of Chelsea Chamber of Commerce and Chelsea Rotary
Joanne Claire (Schultz) Tarason, age 77, of
Swampscott, passed away Tuesday morning, Feb. 19 in Salem Hospital.
Born in Somerville, she was the daughter of
the late George C. and Mary F. (Taylor) Schultz. She was raised in Stoneham,
and has lived in Swampscott since 1978.
Joanne was a graduate of Stoneham High
School, and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from Salem
Joanne was the owner of Coprico Printing in
Chelsea. She had a strong work ethic, took great pride in her business and met
every day with positivity and a warm smile.
Well respected in the Chelsea community, she
was an active member of the Rotary Club of Chelsea and the Chelsea Chamber of
Commerce. She humbly received the Paul Harris Fellow recognition from the
Rotary Club for her support and service to the community.
She impressively balanced her work life with
her personal life and sincerely enjoyed time spent with her family and good
She will be dearly missed by her son, David
Tarason of Swampscott; her daughter, Susan Sonesson and her late husband,
Lennart Sonesson of Cape Elizabeth, ME, her grandchildren; Elin, Hanna and
Gustav Sonesson and Nicolai and Ana Tarason; her siblings; Brenda Kerrigan and
her late husband, Dan of Stoneham, Ken Schultz and his wife, Denise of Woburn
and Will Schultz and his wife, Judy of North Reading; her beloved nieces,
nephews and cousins, her longtime dear friends, and her devoted employees. She
was also the sister of the late George Schultz.
The family would like to give special thanks
to all those who loved and supported Joanne.
Arrangements were by the Solimine Funeral
Home, 426 Broadway (Rt 129), Lynn, with a memorial service at 12PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
the Rotary Club of Chelsea, PO Box 507647, Chelsea, MA
02150. For guestbook, visit: www.solimine.com
Thursia Louisa Pistone
July 26, 1934 – February 21, 2019
Thursia Louisa Pistone passed away on
Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a
sudden illness. She was 84 years old.
Born in Iredell, Texas, one of nine children
born to the late Jerry Micah and Levina (Anderson) Todd, she grew up on a
family farm in the rural town of Hico, Texas and received her education at
schools in Hico.
In 1955, as a young newlywed, she settled in
Chelsea to raise her own family and recently took residence in Salem.
Thursia worked for many years as an office
administrator and clerical worker for Safety Insurance in Boston.
During her lifetime, she enjoyed reading and
indoor gardening, tending to her many house plants. She enjoyed following
football, studying and analyzing team and player standings and statistics.
She was the devoted mother of Diana Bennett
and her husband, Craig of Revere, Paul C. Pistone of Salem, Janet Beach and her
husband, Reginald of Ft. Meyers, FL and the late Denise Pistone. She was the
cherished grandmother of Jon, Tod, Larissa, Vanessa and Ricky and adored
great-grandmother of Marium, twins, Tayvian and Taylani, Shane and Nate. She is
also survived by one sister, Susan Cornell of California.
and internment were private with arrangements by Anthony Memorial-Frank A.
Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.
Saul P. Kraft of Chatham, formerly of
Malden, husband of the late May Kraft, passed away on Tuesday Jan. 22, at age
In 1968, Attorney Kraft founded the law firm
of Kraft and Hall in Chelsea where he practiced law for almost 50 years. He was
a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and past president of the Suffolk
County Bar Association. He was a
graduate of Boston Latin School, Boston College, Hebrew College and Boston
University Law School.
Mr. Kraft is survived by his son Dr. Philip
Liston-Kraft and his husband, Dr. Edward Liston-Kraft of Chatham; his daughter
Atty Bernice Kraft-Levin and her husband Atty Mark Levin of Assonet; his
grandsons Dr. Seth Levin of New York City and Dr. Scott Levin of Boston and his
sister, Frances Pearlman (husband David Butters) of Swampscott. Mr. Kraft was
the brother of the late Sumner Kraft and Leon Kraft.
Private funeral services were entrusted to Auclair Funeral Home, Fall River. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to: Hebrew College. Att. Development. 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459. Online guest book at AuclairFuneralHome.com.
Seamstress and longtime Revere Public School Cafeteria employee
Susie (DeSisto) DiRosa of Revere died on
Susie worked many years as a seamstress in
the Garment district and Revere Public Schools Cafeteria Department.
She was the beloved wife of the late
Pasquale “Tony,” devoted mother of Suzanne DiRosa of Danvers and the late
MaryEllen Lucia; cherished grandmother of Brian and Michael Lucia,
great-grandmother of Christopher Lucia and the dear sister of the late Joseph DeSisto,
and Christie DeSisto. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews
and her Feline companion Misty.
Her Funeral will be from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Friday, Feb. 1 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours will be on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.
Longtime Chelsea resident
Margaret E. (Casucci) Lewis of Chelsea died
on Jan. 23.
Born in Boston and a longtime resident of
Chelsea, Margaret passed away at home Wednesday evening after a long,
courageous battle with cancer. Prior to her retirement, she worked in security
at the Four Seasons Condominium in Downtown Boston.
She was the devoted wife of the late Kenneth
T. Lewis, beloved mother of Louise Sullivan, Jody Sullivan and Kimberley
Rosario, all of Chelsea; dear sister of Augustus Casucci, Sr. of Chelsea,
Rosemary Pothier of New Hampshire and the late Richard Casucci; cherished
grandmother of Julian Montenez, Jeremy Rosario, Augusto Rosario, Jr., April
Garcia, Augustin Rodgriguez, Felix Menendez, Jr., Michael Guzman, Khianna
Bedford, Xavier Bedford, Ivelisse Rentas and Zuilda Rosario. She is also
lovingly survived by her great-grandchildren, Angelique, Alexis, Ariel, Felix
III, Daniel. Michael Jr., as well as many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Smith
Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.
Maria Obdulia Pineda passed away on Saturday,
Jan. 26 at Boston Medical Center after a long illness. She was 85 years old.
Born and raised in Chalatenango, El
Salvador, she was one of four children of the late Ancelmo Pineda and Natalia
Aguilar. She married Santos Alberto
Pineda, and together they shared over 60 years together raising their family of
Maria devoted her life to home and family in
Chalatenango and recently came to the area to take residency with family during
In addition to her parents, Maria was also
predeceased by a sister, Christina Pineda. She is survived by her beloved
husband, Santos Pineda of Malden. She was the devoted mother of Dilia Pineda
and her spouse, Francisco Mendez, Jose Pineda, Blanca O. Pineda and Ana B.
Pineda, all of Chalatenango, Elsa Pineda of Malden, Santos Pineda and his
spouse, Anamin Tejada of Everett and Mario Pineda of Chelsea. She was the dear sister of Ernesto Pineda and
Domingo Aguilar both of El Salvador and the special grandmother of Ronald
Mendez, 18 additional cherished grandchildren and four
Her funeral will be held from the Frank A.
Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, Feb. 1 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass
at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 10 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 today, Thursday, from 6 to
8 p.m. The Funeral Home is fully
handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. For directions or to send expressions of
sympathy, please visit
Arrangements are by: Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Chelsea, 617-889-2723.
Josephine ‘Chickie’ DeCain
Co-owner of the former Little Brown Jug in Chelsea
Josephine P. “Chickie” (McClean)
DeCain entered into eternal rest Sunday afternoon, Jan. 27 at the
Cambridge Health Alliance Hospital in Everett surrounded by her loving
family. A few months short of her 100th birthday, Chickie was 99
Born and raised in Charlestown, the daughter
of the late Henry and Josephine (Frazier) McClean, Chickie attended
Charlestown Public Schools and graduated from Charlestown High School, Class of
As a young woman she worked at the
Charlestown Navy Yard as a crane operator moving sheet metal. She
later met her beloved husband, the late Dante D. DeCain, Sr. The
couple married and settled in Chelsea, where they raised their five
As a homemaker, Josephine enjoyed tending to
her family and her home. She and her husband, Dante, were the former
owners and proprietors of the Little Brown Jug in Chelsea. Josephine
would help out in the restaurant by waitressing but her passion was being home
with family. She will be truly missed by all who loved her.
Chickie was predeceased by her beloved
husband, Dante D. DeCain, Sr. and her son, Richard “Deacon”
DeCain. She is the beloved mother of Patricia “Patsy” DeCain of
Charlestown, Dante DeCain, Jr., Diane Maslowski, and Joan DeCain, all of
Chelsea; sister of the late Evelyn Ruiz, Henry, William and George McClean;
dear aunt of the late Evelyn “Tootsie” (Ruiz) Sullivan and is also lovingly
survived by three grandchildren: Christopher Maslowski of Georgia, Tracy Maslowski
and Derek Maslowski, both of Chelsea.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Josephine’s visiting hours in the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Ave. Chelsea, on Friday, Feb. 1 from 3 to 7 p.m. Her funeral will be from the funeral home on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 9 a.m.. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea, at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.
Judelia ‘Julita’ DeCamacho
Maintained her wit, humor and love for all of her 103 years
Judelia “Julita” (Calderon) DeCamacho passed
away at the age of 103 on Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Mass. General Hospital in
Born and raised in Palmiera, Colombia, S.A.
she was a daughter of the late Manuel Calderon and Josefa Garcia de
Calderon. She married Francisco Camacho
and they shared 41 years together until the time of his passing. She raised nine children at home and has been
a resident of Chelsea since 1978. Julita
was devoted to home and family where she enjoyed caring for and being
surrounded by her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved cooking and preparing meals for her
family, listening to music, watching her Spanish soap-operas, knitting and
walking to downtown Chelsea to visit her favorite music stores; Casa Ortiz and
la Princesita. She lived a vibrant
energetic life, maintaining her wit, humor and love all of her 103 years.
In addition to her parents, Julita was also
predeceased by five siblings in Colombia: Copertino, Manuel,
Alfonso Josena and
Elvira; her beloved husband,
Francisco Camacho and a son, Francisco Javier Camacho. She is survived by her loving children: Alda
Valez of Chelsea, Jose A. Camacho and his spouse, Anna of Cali, Colombia, her
twins: Anselmo Camacho and Margarita Calixto, both of Chelsea, Arnold Camacho
and his spouse, Aida of Colombia, Josefa Diaz of Elizabeth, N.J., Julio Camacho
and his spouse, Amparo of Colombia and Norma Gonzalez of Chelsea. She was the adored grandmother of 12 and
cherished great-grandmother of 22.
Her Funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday in
St. Rose of Lima Church. Interment followed in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Arrangements were given to the care and
direction of the Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Chelsea. For online guest book or to send expressions
of sympathy, please visit: www.WelshFuneralHome.com.
Cornelius F. “Neil” passed away at the Marian Manor in South Boston on Saturday, Nov. 3. He was 90 years old. Born and raised in South Boston, a son of the late John Patrick and Sarah (Williams) Barnes, he graduated from South Boston High School and enlisted in the US Army during final days of World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1948 and returned to South Boston. Neil re-enlisted and served during the Korean conflict. Holding the rank of Sergeant, he served as an MP and was awarded three Bronze Stars before his discharge in 1953.
Neil again returned to his family home on Dorchester St. in So Boston. He worked for many years for the US Post Office as a clerk assigned to the office at North Station.
Being a Bruins fan and stationed next to the “old” Garden was one of the best jobs a hockey fan could hope for.
Neil married Helen E. (Benton) and settled in Chelsea residing there for nearly 60 years. Neil was widowed two and a half years ago after sharing 56 years of marriage.
Neil received supportive care for the last two years as a resident at the Marian Manor, close to his boyhood neighborhood in South Boston. A devout Catholic, Neil never missed daily Mass held at the manor chapel.
Neil is fondly remembered for his deep and abiding faith, his sense of humor and his infectious laughter.
In addition to his parents and his beloved wife, he was also predeceased by his brother, John W. Barnes. He is survived by his cherished nephew and nieces: John Barnes and his wife, Kerry of Roslindale, Elaine McCall of Whitman and Margaret Barnes of Carver. He is also survived by several other beloved nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
His Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Michael the Archangel Chapel (Chelsea Soldiers Home) 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea at 11 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 7 p.m. The Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home.
Arrangements are by Anthony Memorial-Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home.
The Chelsea Rotary Club will hold its 91st Annual Installation of Officers at 6 p.m. at the Homewood Suites Event Center on Thursday June 21. Past President Allan Alpert will be Master of Ceremonies for the evening celebrating Rotary’s 2018-19 Theme, “Be The Inspiration.” Installed officers will be Maureen Foley of Colwen Hotels as President, Peter Zaksheski of Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Services as President-Elect, Todd Taylor of KSM Staffing as Vice President, Past President D. Bruce Mauch of Chelsea Clock as Secretary, Frank Kowalski, Retired as Sergeant-at-Arms and Past President Joe Vinard of Chelsea Bank a division of East Cambridge Savings Bank as Treasurer. Todd Taylor will be honored as Chelsea Rotarian of the Year. The Club will also be awarding Paul Harris Fellowships, one of Rotary International’s highest honors to LediaKoco, Administrative Assistant to Chelsea City Council and to seven Chelsea Rotarians; Robert Alconada, Paula Barton, Daniel Flores, Susan Gallant, Arthur Michaud, Jackie Moore and Joseph Panetta. Outgoing President David M. Mindlin, Esq. of Kraft and Hall will be thanked for his past year of dedicated service to the Rotary Club of Chelsea.
Everyone is invited to attend this Chelsea Rotary event honoring many outstanding business people in our community. If you would like to attend, please contact Maureen Foley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 781-964-6576 for tickets.
Francis T. “Frank” Duggan, Jr. passed away on Thursday, May 31, at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home where he had been receiving supportive care for the past four years. He was 86 years old.
Born on Nantucket Island, the beloved son of the late Francis T. Sr. and Theresa P. (Heffernan) Duggan, he grew up in Cambridge where he attended local schools.
He enlisted into the US Army and served honorably during the Korean Conflict, returned to Cambridge and was employed for many years working for the Polaroid Corp with plant services and maintenance. He settled in Chelsea several years ago and resided at Admirals Hill Towers for most of that time. He was a member of the American Legion Post 61 in Revere and volunteered his time at the VA Homeless Shelter in Boston.
In his lifetime, he was a great Boston sports fan and a diehard and devoted Red Sox fan. He lived a very military regimented life style. During the past years at the nursing home, he participated in many activities. Well-known for wearing stylish sunglasses, he was affectionately nicknamed “Hollywood” by residents and home staff members.
Frank was the former husband of the late Rosemarie (Melanson) Duggan and Janet L. (Gaylord) Duggan. He was the father of Kevin Duggan, Cheryl Willette and Mark Duggan, all of Woburn, Thomas Duggan of New Hampshire, Karen Michelle Duggan and Michael Duggan, both of Everett and the late Francis T. Duggan, III and the brother of Mary Duggan of Sarasota, FL and the late John “Jack” Duggan. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Private Funeral Services will be conducted on Friday, June 8 from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea to be followed by military honors and interment at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. For online guestbook or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit: www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston
Armando Giannasca of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston, passed away peacefully on May 23 at the age of 82.
He was the beloved husband of Mary Ann (Savignano) Giannasca, loving father of Michael Giannasca and his wife, Gina of Lynnfield and Armando Giannasca and his wife, Elizabeth of Peabody; adored grandfather of Amanda, Matthew, Lily, Armando and Ava; dear brother of Elena Cerundolo, Emilo Giannasca of Florida and the late Jenny Bruno, Yolanda Cutiello, and Fiore Giannasca. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere.
Entombment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For guest book, please visit:
Marjorie Irene Doucette
Marjorie Irene Doucette passed away Friday evening, June 1 at the Nemasket Healthcare Center in Middleboro after a sudden decline in health.
Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the beloved daughter of the late Victor and Marjorie (Button) Littlejohn. She attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. She wed John E. Doucette and settled in Chelsea raising her family of five daughters and three sons. Marjorie also worked outside of her home as a quality jewelry inspector for Town and Country in Chelsea.
A resident of Chelsea for most of her life, Marjorie has been residing in Bridgewater for the past 13 years. She is lovingly remembered for her feisty spirit and fun-loving personality.
In her lifetime, she enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles and most of all, she enjoyed time spent in the company of family and friends.
In addition to her parents, Marjorie was preceded in death by two grandchildren and her beloved husband, John E. Doucette, Jr. in 1993. She was the devoted mother of MaryAnne Beck and her late husband, James of Bridgewater, Robert Doucette and his wife, Patricia of Chelsea, Ronald Doucette, Richard Doucette of Bridgewater, Diane Gonzalez and her late husband, Andre of Easley, SC, Eleanor “Ellen” Grungo and her husband, John of Middleboro, Patricia Gibbons of Everett and Barbara Bessette and her husband, Scott of Lakeville. She was the cherished grandmother of 14 and great grandmother of nine.
Funeral services will be conducted from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway Chelsea today, Thursday, June 7 at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Glenwood Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.
Robert ‘Skip’ Mugford, Sr.
Formerly of Chelsea
Robert A. (Skip) Mugford, Sr., RPT, passed away due to the ravages of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) with his loving wife and children by his side. He was born in Chelsea to Leander and Emmie Mugford, the youngest of seven children and was preceded in death by his sisters, Gertrude and Nellie, his brother, Murray, step-daughter Valerie Rush and hisnewborn grandchild, Anna Rush. He is survived by his sister, Marion Bishop, brothers George and Frank Mugford and a veritable multitude of loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and great-great nieces. He is also survived by his loving wife, Jean and his children: Leigh Ann Alameda (Kurt), Robert A. Mugford, Jr. (Melissa), Kristin M. Mugford, and step-son Brian Wagner (Michelle); grandchildren: Kaleigh Alameda, Robert Rodney Mugford, Curtis and Stefan Wagner and Ryan and Colin Rush. He is also survived by his first wife and mother of his children, Carol (Erwin-Mugford) Viegelmann.
While in high school, Skip was a member of varsity football and baseball teams and the band and was elected Most Talented Senior. He was selected to the Middlesex County All-Star football team and played in the inaugural Harry Agganis Memorial All-Star football games. He received a football scholarship to Purdue University, graduating in 1966. He then attended Stanford University on scholarship, receiving a Certificate in Physical Therapy in 1967.
Skip served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1963. Starting in the Infantry, he served briefly as a Drill Instructor, transitioned to the Military Police and ended up as an Investigator with the 86th Criminal Investigation Division at Ft. Benning, Georgia.
After graduating from Stanford, instead of returning to Purdue as a member of their Athletic Training Staff, he followed his true passion working in hospital rehabilitation. He was self-employed for 40 years as a contract physical therapist specializing in geriatric orthopedics.
Skip loved all sports, especially golf (he particularly enjoyed his local golfing brethren) and senior softball, playing shortstop for the Bandits out of Walnut Creek. He played in the Newark 50+ Senior Softball League for 15 years and was twice selected Most Inspirational Player in the League.
He dearly loved flying and piloting his Cessna T210. He achieved the following ratings: Single and multi engine land and instrument land. He also completed a 10 hour stunt flying course.
Skip served as President of Newark National Little League and was a NNLL umpire for eight years. He served as president of his Homeowners Association several times. He also served as Little Sir and Big Sir twice for SIR Branch 59 Newark/Fremont/Union City, California.
Skip was on the Inaugural Committee that began the Newark Memorial High School Athletic Boosters Crab
Feed. He also funded scholarships in his father’s name to several NMHS graduating seniors.
His life will be celebrated at Bay Area Baptist Church, 2929 Peralta Boulevard, Fremont, CA, today, Thursday, June 7 at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow. The graveside service will be held at Chapel of the Chimes, 32992 Mission Blvd., Hayward, CA at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, his family kindly requests that donations be made in his name to The ALS Association Golden West Chapter, PO Box 565, Agoura Hills, CA 91376.
US Postal Service employee
Born in Boston, he was the loving son of John R. Lovely, Sr. of Chelsea and the late M. Flora (Sirois) Lovely. He worked as a postal clerk for the United States Post Office.
In addition to his father, he also leaves one sister, Dianne Landry and her husband, Charles of New Hampshire; two brothers, Richard Lovely and his wife, Lorraine of Florida and Ronald Lovely and his wife, Beatrice of Chelsea. Robert was predeceased by his brother, Jack Lovely and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. Gathering at the funeral home will be on Monday at 11 a.m. followed by a funeral service at noon in the Woodlawn Chapel, Woodlawn Cemetery, 302 Elm St., Everett. For directions and condolences, visit: www.BisbeePorcella.com.
Member of the “Zolla” family, one of Revere’s oldest families
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Monday, June 11 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere for Jean A. (Iovine)
Arsenault. She was 88 years old and was a Revere resident for 61 years.
Her funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Tuesday, June 12 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Adelaide’s Church, 708 Lowell St., Peabody at 10:30 a.m. and will be immediately followed by interment in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.
Born and raised in Revere, she was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1948. Jean enjoyed a 15 plus year career within the Payroll Department at General Electric of Lynn. During her time there, she attended Felt & Tarrant Comptometer School. After her marriage to Donald J. Arsenault of Chelsea, the couple began raising their family in Chelsea before moving to Peabody 61 years ago. A devoted wife and mother, Jean also worked alongside her husband at their family business, “Acme Thread Co. Inc.” of Lynn for many years. For several years, she served as a Den Mother with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in Peabody. She was known for her skill at the sewing machine and her talents in her kitchen. She was an extraordinary cook and baker.
She leaves her adoring husband of 66 years, Donald J. Arsenault, Sr. of Peabody. She is the cherished mother of Donna Jean Colello and her husband, Edward of Brewster, New York and Donald J. Arsenault, Jr. of Webster, New Hampshire; the devoted grandmother of Nicholas A. Colello and his wife, Sarah of McKinney, Texas, Christopher W. Colello and his wife, Danielle of Brewster, New York, Mariana E. Colello and LeighAnne J. Colello, both of Brewster, New York and Cory D. Arsenault of Dover, New Hampshire and the great grandmother of Mackenzie Jean; dear sister to Helena I. “Helen” Gilleberto and her late husband, Antonio G. “Anthony” and Ronald N. Iovine, both of Revere and the late Robert E., Richard A. and Louis R. Iovine. She is also lovingly survived by her sisters-in-law: Edith L. Iovine of Maine and Barbara Ann Iovine of Revere.
For more information, please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com
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