Obituaries 02-28-2019

Obituaries 02-28-2019

Mabel Rosalie Mann

Oct. 29, 1928 – Feb. 23, 2019

Mabel Rosalie Mann was born into eternal life on Saturday, Feb. 23 in the peaceful surroundings of her home. She was 90 years old.

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 members.

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.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.

Kathleen Virginia

“Katie” Santos

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 Episcopal Church.

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 State College.

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 friends.

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.

Funeral services and internment were private with arrangements by Anthony Memorial-Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.

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Obituaries 01-31-2019

Obituaries 01-31-2019

Attorney Saul Kraft

Practiced law in Chelsea for almost 50 years

Saul P. Kraft of Chatham, formerly of Malden, husband of the late May Kraft, passed away on Tuesday Jan. 22, at age 94.

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.

Susie DiRosa

Seamstress and longtime Revere Public School Cafeteria employee

Susie (DeSisto) DiRosa of Revere died on Jan. 27.

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.

Margaret Lewis

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.

To send a message of condolence to Margaret’s family, visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com.

Marie Obdulia Pineda

Sept. 12, 1933 – Jan. 26, 2019

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 seven.

Maria devoted her life to home and family in Chalatenango and recently came to the area to take residency with family during her illness.

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 great-grandchildren.

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 www.WelshFuneralHome.com

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 years old.

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 1938.

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 children.

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 Boston.

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.

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Obituaries 11-08-2018

Obituaries 11-08-2018

Cornelius “Neil” Barnes

November 07, 1927 – November 03, 2018

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.

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Chelsea Rotary Installation Event Set for June 21

Chelsea Rotary Installation Event Set for June 21

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 mfoley@colwenhotels.conm or call 781-964-6576 for tickets.

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Obituaries 06-07-2018

Obituaries 06-07-2018

Francis ‘Frank’ Duggan, Jr.

January 20, 1932 – May 31, 2018

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

Armando Giannasca

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:

www.vazzafunerals.com

Marjorie Irene Doucette

Of Chelsea

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.

Robert Lovely

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.

Jean Arsenault

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

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Memorial Day Parade, Exercises to Take Place on Monday Morning

Memorial Day Parade, Exercises to Take Place on Monday Morning

The 7th Girl Scout Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 28, at 8:15 a.m. on Broadway, to be followed up with the traditional Memorial Day Exercises on City Hall lawn.

The Chelsea Girl Scouts have coordinated the Parade for several years, and it has only gotten bigger every year, with quite a bit of community participation.

The Parade will commence at 8:15 a.m. from the Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home.

All community and veterans organizations are encouraged to march.

Following the Parade, the City will hold its Exercises on the Lawn at City Hall, with essays from students, the Chelsea High Concert Band and the Chelsea Chorale.

A speaking program will also take place, and the laying of the wreaths will take place to conclude the ceremony.

To participate in the Parade, contact Kathryn Bourgea and kathrynbourgea@gmail.com.

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Obituaries 05-17-2018

Obituaries 05-17-2018

Patricia Pierce

Retired Teacher

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

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Obituaries 03-22-2018

Obituaries 03-22-2018

Francis “Frank” Campedelli

Eastern Airlines retiree, flew 50 missions as a US Army Air  Nose Gunner during World War II

Francis “Frank” Campedelli of Jacksonville, FL passed away peacefully at his Assisted Living Community, Wyndham Lakes in Jacksonville, FL on Friday, March 3. He was 94 years old.

Born in Chelsea and a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1942,

Francis joined the US Army Air Corps in 1943 and honorably served his country during World War II as a nose gunner flying 50 missions on a B24 Liberator with the 15th Army, 98th Bomb Group, 344th  bomb squad.

He was employed with Eastern Airlines at Logan Airport Boston for over 20 years and moved to Jacksonville in 1987 after his retirement.

Preceded in death by his wife and best friend, Lorraine Gifford Campedelli,

Frank is survived by his daughter, Jane Campedelli of Jacksonville, FL, his brother, Alfred Campedelli of Winthrop and niece, Joyce and her

husband, Paul Sartorelli of Georgetown. He also leaves many dear friends and extended family.

Another hero from the Greatest Generation gone but will never be forgotten.

Memorial donations may be made in his name to VITAS Healthcare, 7406 Fullerton St., Ste 105, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

Edward James Welsh

Formerly of Chelsea

Edward James Welsh passed away unexpectedly at his daughter’s home in Pelham, NH on Monday, March 19 at the age of 74.

Born and raised in Chelsea, the son of the late Joseph R. and Agnes (Cronin) Welsh, Edward attended Chelsea Public Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1961.

Edward was a Chelsea resident for most of his life but moved to Everett, where he has been living for the last 20 years. He retired last year after dedicating 18 years as a concierge at Constellation Wharf in Charlestown. Prior to his years as a concierge, Edward was a truck driver for various food companies. Throughout his life, Edward enjoyed horse racing and going to the race track, but more importantly he loved his family. He loved his children and being with his grandchildren, great grandchildren and his beloved Basset Hound, Fred.

The husband of the late Julia (Gordon) Welsh, with whom he shared 33 years of marriage before her passing in 1999, he was the devoted father of Coleen Kingsley and her husband Doug of New Hampshire and the late Brien Welsh, father-in-law of Kelley Baldasaro of Everett, loving son of the late Joseph R. and Agnes (Cronin) Welsh, brother of the late Joseph Welsh, Elaine Maillet, Nancy Lehmann, John Welsh, Barry Welsh, Gail Winam and son-in-law of the late Mary Orluck. He is also lovingly survived by five grandchildren: David Welsh and his wife, Ashlee of Haverhill, Dustin Kingsley and Shea Kingsley, both of New Hampshire, Caitlin Welsh and Briana Williams, both of Everett and two great grandchildren, Vincent Hernandez and Adriana Hernandez, both of Everett.

His Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday, March 24 at 8 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea at 9 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 Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, contributions in Edward’s memory may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund P.O. Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284 or on-line at www.jimmyfund.org.

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Obituaries 03-15-2018

Obituaries 03-15-2018

Helen Wilson

Late Legion of Honor member of the Polish Falcons, Nest 485, Chelsea

September 05, 1922 – March 10, 2018

Helen A. (Zaksheski) Wilson of Peabody, formerly of Chelsea, passed away early Saturday morning, March 10 and services concluded with her being placed to rest together with her late husband in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Peabody.  Helen passed away early Saturday morning, March 10 in the peaceful surroundings of the Peabody home where she resided for over 65 years. She was 95 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was a daughter of the late

Anthony and Josephine (Trocki) Zaksheski. Helen firstattended St. Stanislaus Parochial School and graduated from Chelsea High School, class of 1940.  She began work when she was hired as the first lady bank teller with the Chelsea-County Savings Bank.  She later worked as a secretary for a local Chelsea attorney who suspended his practice to enlist in the army during World War II.  Thereafter, she worked as a secretary in the offices of Atwood McManus Box Mfg. in Chelsea.

In April of 1945, she married her high school sweetheart and Navy Airman, William J. Wilson. They remained in Chelsea, raising the first of three sons before purchasing their dream

home in the early 1950’s.

A devoted housewife and mother, she also worked outside ofher home as an office manager for Boston Machinery, Inc. in Peabody. She retired in the mid 1980’s.

A woman of deep faith, she was a longtime active parishioner and early supporter of St. Ann’s Church in Peabody  and she was a late legion of honor member of the Polish Falcons, Nest 485, Chelsea       .Helen was preceded in death by her husband Bill, Sr. in 1992, after sharing what she would describe as a storybook romance of 55 years, beginning with two teenagers from Chelsea high school.  In her lifetime Helen enjoyed traveling with her husband, reading and many activities centered around her home — writing and corresponding with friends and family, gardening, sewing, baking and cooking were just a few of the things she liked to do.

She was the beloved wife of 47 years to the late William J. Wilson, Sr., loving mother of Thomas S. Wilson and his wife, Eileen of Topsfield, Stephen K. Wilson and his wife, Kathy and William J. Wilson, Jr. and his wife, Deborah, all of Peabody; cherished grandmother “Babci” of Andrea Margareci and her husband, Michael of Burlington, Christopher Wilson of Peabody, Shannon Wilson and her companion, Christopher Cutone of Danvers and Matthew Halliday of Brooklyn NY.  She was the dearly loved sister of the late Irene J. Schultz and Chester V. Zaksheski. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to gather on Friday, March 16, at 9 a.m. from the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Ann’s Church, 140 Lynn St., Peabody. Following the Mass, Helen will be placed to rest together with her late husband in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Peabody.   A visitation will be held tonight, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Haven from Hunger, 71 Wallis St., Peabody, MA 01960 or VNA Care, 199 Rosewood Dr., Ste. 180, Danvers, MA 01923,  www.VNACare.org

For additional information, to send expressions of sympathy or to sign the guestbook on-line, please visit  WWW.CCBFuneral.com or www. WelshFuneralHome.com

Rosaria Caradonna

Chelsea High School Teacher

Long time Chelsea High School teacher of English as a Second Language Rosaria (LaBella) Caradonna of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, passed away on March 7.

Born in Palermo, Italy on Feb. 26, 1946 to the late Paolo and Antonina (Vona) LaBella, she immigrated to the United States when she was 16 years old.

Rosaria graduated from Chelsea High School. She then received a Bachelor of Arts from Emmanuel College and later in life went back to school receiving a Master’s in Education from Lesley University. Rosaria spoke many languages and had a passion for the arts and poetry.  Language was very important to Rosaria as she taught English as a second language for many years at Chelsea High.

She was the beloved wife of Leonardo “Dino” Caradonna; devoted mother of Daniela Szymczak and her husband, Michael of Melrose, and Giuliana Arcovio and he husband, Matthew of Melrose; cherished grandmother of Michaela, Layla and Mila Szymczak and Mackenzie and Rose Arcovio; dear sister of Salvatore LaBella and his wife, Katherine of Long Meadow; caring sister in law to Maria Alvino and her husband, Alfonso of Norwood, Concetta Nicolaci and Giuseppa Favuzza, both of Italy.  She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Rosaria was devoted to her family as a wife, mother, and grandmother who will be sorely missed.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral, Revere.   Interment was at Woodlawn Mausoleum.  If you are considering a donation in Rosaria’s name, it can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts Chapter, 480 Pleasant St, Watertown, MA 02472.  For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com

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Appreciation:Jeanette Weiner Lee is Fondly Remembered

Appreciation:Jeanette Weiner Lee is Fondly Remembered

Jeanette (Weiner) Lee, of Wayland, formerly of Chelsea, matriarch of a longtime and well-known Chelsea family and a, died on January 23, 2018.

Jeanette Weiner Lee.

Jeanette Weiner Lee.

She was the beloved wife of the late Charles L. Lee. and the devoted and loving mother of Donald Charles Lee and wife Nancy of Holbrook, JoAnne D. Lee-Nieves and husband Carlos Juan of Mattapan, Michele L. (Lee) LaCosta and husband Charles of Holbrook and Brian R. Lee and wife Jodi Pages-Lee of Wayland. She was the loving daughter of the late Morris Paul Weiner and Anne (Babner) Weiner. She was the dear sister of Esther Wexler of Norton, Irving D. Weiner of Norton, and the late Lily Celata, Evelyn Sweeney and Rae Cummings. She was the loving grandmother of 12 and great-grandmother of 3.

Mrs. Lee was born and raised in Chelsea and educated in the Chelsea School System. In her later years, Jeanette influenced and impacted many young lives in Chelsea. She taught Sunday school at the People’s Baptist Church Chelsea for 25 years. She was the Past President of the PTA at the Williams School, Chelsea, Secretary of the Women’s’ Progressive Club in Everett, a member of the Wayland Women’s Club, Secretary of the Greater Boston Baptist Association, Secretary of the Sister International and most recently a member of the Women’s Ministry of Ebenezer Baptist Church but her greatest love of all time was her family.

Mrs. Lee regularly attended her children’s school activities and took considerable pride in their accomplishments on the athletic field and in the classroom.

Throughout their lives, the Lee children exhibited the kindness, generosity, warmth, and personable manner of their parents, reaching out to those less fortunate and mentoring young people through their exemplary actions and uplifting words.

The Lee family was admired in Chelsea.

Longtime Chelsea softball fans will fondly remember Mrs. Lee’s husband, the late Charles Lee, who made umpiring in the Chelsea Fast Pitch Softball League a work of art.  Players, coaches, and fans admired the charismatic umpire who called balls and strikes with aplomb and grace and was always impeccably dressed in his official uniform. Mr. Lee sponsored the Charles Lee Disposal team in the Chelsea Men’s Basketball League, reuniting Donald Lee with his former high school teammates, including his cousin, Leo Robinson, Bobby Long, Dale Johnson and Donald Wolcott.

Joanne Lee-Nieves became a highly successful women’s basketball coach, receiving state Hall of Fame honors. She was a role model to the inner-city women whom she coached and mentored.

Councillor-at-Large Leo Robinson said his aunt, Jeanette, was “a big influence on many young people in Chelsea who grew up to lead very positive lives.”

“She was a beautiful, wonderful person – a great lady,” said Robinson. “She was a very sensitive human being who really loved people.”

The city of Chelsea has lost a wonderful woman who brought much love and joy to her proud family and to all who had the honor of being in her company.

A Funeral Service will be at the Torf Funeral Chapel, 151 Washington Avenue, Cary Sq, Chelsea on Monday, January 29th at 11AM. Relatives and friends invited to attend. Interment in North Cemetery, Wayland. A Memorial Service will be held in Jeanette’s honor on Saturday, February 3rd at 11AM in the Ebenezer Baptist Church-157 West Springfield St., South End, Boston, MA. In lieu of flowers donations in Jeanette’s memory may be made to the Animal Rescue League of Boston-10 Chandler St., Boston, MA 02116 or to the American Kidney Fund-11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852. Visit www.torffuneralservice.com for guestbook and directions.

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