City Council President Leo Robinson and the Chelsea community are fondly remembering retired Chelsea firefighter Darren Moore, who died on Saturday, Nov. 25 at the age of 52.
Many of Darren’s classmates and friends learned of his passing during the Chelsea High School Class of 1982 35th Reunion Saturday night at the Merritt Club. Reunion co-chair Allen Andrade called upon the gathering for a moment of silence in memory of their beloved classmate, teammate and friend.
Robinson remembered his cousin Darren Moore’s exploits while wearing the Chelsea High Red Devil uniform in three varsity sports. A handsome, personable young man with a warm smile, Darren Moore had confidence in his abilities and developed in to a team leader who conducted himself with sportsmanship and grace on the court and on the field.
“Darren played football, basketball, and baseball at Chelsea High when the Red Devils were a hoop powerhouse in the Greater Boston League,” said Robinson. “Darren was also a coach of the Chelsea Pop Warner ‘A’ football team that rallied to defeat the San Francisco Bombers, 18-14, to win the 2001 national championship.”
Robinson said that following Darren’s athletic career, he wanted to help young kids in Chelsea enjoy the benefits that he had gained from playing sports.
“Darren wanted to give back to the city that was so good to him as a kid,” said Robinson. “He really enjoyed his years as a coach and winning the national championship was a thrill for everyone involved in that historic season.”
Robinson recalled that he was a member of the Board of Aldermen when Darren Moore took the oath as Chelsea firefighter.
“Darren’s family and I were so proud to be at City Hall and see him become a Chelsea firefighter,” said Robinson. “He served in the department for 20 years.”
Robinson said that Darren enjoyed accompanying him, his brother, Ron Robinson, and family friend Dale Johnson on camping trips and excursions to Newport, R.I.
“Darren was a just a good, fun-loving to be around,” said Robinson.
Former CHS cheerleader Debbie Cronin, one of Darren’s childhood friends, remembered Darren’s friendly and congenial nature.
“Darren was a lifelong childhood friend and a genuinely good guy,” said Cronin. “His passing is a tough one. Over the last few years, I’d bump in to him at the most random of places and even though it was clear he had health issues, he always had a smile. Darren will be missed by all.”
Robinson said he will ask the City Council to join him in a moment of silence in memory of Darren Moore at their meeting Monday night at City Hall.
A memorial gathering and visitation for Darren Moore will be held on Friday, Dec. 1, from 3 to 7 p.m., at the Frank Welsh and Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea. A life tribute and service of remembrance will be held in the funeral home beginning at 7 p.m.
Kenneth J. Parrow, a lifelong Chelsea resident, passed away Friday, November 17 while being cared for in the peaceful surroundings of his brother’s home. Kenny succumbed to a courageous two year battle with cancer. He was 68 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea. he was the eldest of four children given to the late retired CFD Capt. Kenneth J. Parow and Alice “Theresa” (Rennie) Parow. He attended Our Lady of the Assumption School and graduated from Dom Savio High School, Class of 1966. He was inducted into the US Army in 1969. served during the Vietnam Era and was honorably discharged at the grade of SP4.
Ken held early jobs working for Capital Warehouse in Boston and Smithcraft in Chelsea before beginning his career as a lineman and installer with NE Tel. Co. He retired from Verizon after 40+ years. He was a member of the IBEW local 2222, past member of the Chelsea Winnisimmet Club and the D.A.V.
Ken enjoyed hockey and played for a number of seasons with the Atlantic Aces team in the Atlantic Coast Amateur Hockey League. He also played softball with the Chelsea Fast-Pitch League.
In his lifetime, Ken also enjoyed home gardening at his family’s Webster Avenue residence, growing various vegetables and hot peppers.
He is survived by his loving sister and brothers: Donna Marie Cronin of Hardyston, NJ, Richard J. Parow and his wife, Mary Alice of Windham , NH and Robert J. Parow and his wife, Terry of Wilmington. He was the cherished uncle of Michael, Christopher and Drew Cronin, Shawn, Aimee, Christopher and Timothy Parow, Kevin J., Alison L., and Brian K. Parow, adored great-uncle of Emily and Thomas Cronin, Kali, Cameron and Caitlin Cronin and Gwenyth Cronin. He is also survived by his aunt, Anna Marie “Tiffie” Rennie, many cousins and extended family members.
Funeral services will be conducted from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Wednesday, November 22 at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.
The family wishes to acknowledge and thank all at the Yawkey Cancer Center in Boston for their exceptional care and concern for Ken during his illness.
Long time Soldiers Home resident and former Suffolk Downs Window Agent
Francis J. Hogan, a resident of the Soldiers Home in Chelsea since 1985, passed away at the home on November 14. He was 95 years old.
Born and raised in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, he was a son of the late George F. and Margaret M. (Doyle) Hogan. As a young lad, he attended St. Rita’s Parochial School in Roxbury and went on to attend Roxbury High School where he graduated as Class Valedictorian in 1940. In 1942, he was inducted into the US Army and served in the army infantry during World War II participating in battle campaigns throughout Northern Africa, Naples-Foggia, the European and Middle Eastern Theaters before receiving his honorable discharge. He returned to Boston and settled in Revere.
He married the former Alice (Hillman) and together they resided for many years in Revere. Francis worked as a window agent at Suffolk Downs in East Boston and also in the local Hotel/Hospitality industry. Francis was widowed by the passing of his beloved wife Alice in 1985. In addition to his wife, he was also predeceased by his siblings; Katherine Callahan, Josephine Morrow, Walter, Thomas and George Hogan. He is survived by, and fondly remembered and admired, by his numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment with Military Honors was in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury
Of Tewksbury, formerly of Chelsea
Alice M. (Breda) Capistran of Tewksbury, formerly a long-time resident of Chelsea, passed away on November 17. She was 86 years old.
The beloved wife of the late Chelsea Police Detective George Capistran, she was the devoted mother of Ray Capistran and his wife, Lisa of Londonderry, NH, Rich Capistran and his wife, Michele of Wilmington and Ron Capistran; loving “Nana” of Brittany Borgatti and her husband, Mark, Briana Capistran, Courtney Capistran, Michael Capistran and Tanya Capistran, cherished daughter of the late Remigio and Gioconda (Gotti) Breda, dear sister of Claire Fitzgerald and her husband, John of Chelsea, Geno Breda and his wife, the late Marianne of Revere and Richard Breda and his wife, Theresa of Wenham. Alice is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Alice’s name may be made to The Carroll Center for the Blind, 770 Centre St., Newton, MA 02458.
A member of Local 25, he was the beloved son of Ralph Petrillo Jr. of Revere and the late Maureen Yolanda (Simone); cherished brother of Tayla Yolanda Simone of Revere and the late Ralph Petrillo III; loving uncle of Talia Yolanda Petrillo, Kelsey and Aryana and is also survived by Thomas Puzzo who loved him like his own son, cousins Guz Diaz and Julia Kariuki and by many caring cousins and friends.
Funeral arrangements were the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com
Rosemary A. (Mahoney) Sullivan of Chelsea, formerly of Readville, passed away on November 5 at the age of 89.
Rosemary was born in Boston to Thomas and Margaret Mahoney.
A homemaker for much of her life, after raising her children, she spent many years working for Boston Children’s Hospital and Cathedral High School, both in Boston. After retirement, Rosemary enjoyed spending time with her family, including her grandchildren and great grandchildren. More recently, Rosemary would spend her days reading and watching her favorite programs on television as well as birdwatching and spending time with her favorite dogs.
The wife of the late Robert Sullivan, she was the beloved mother of Robert Sullivan of Westfield, Daniel Sullivan and his wife, Dome of Virginia and Kathleen “Kathy” Randazzo and her husband, Richard of Chelsea, Pastoral Associate of Immaculate Conception Church in Everett and the late Paul Sullivan. Rosemary is lovingly survived by her grandchildren: Lisa, Dan, Heather, Rich, Brian, Krissy, Kaitlyn, Dee, Matt and Corey, as well as her greatgrandchildren: Drea, Maggie, Rowynn and Alexandria. She is also the dear sister to siblings Marie Prata of Beverly (formerly of Readville) and her late husband Tony, Jeanne Pratt and her husband, Chris of California and Thomas Mahoney and his wife, Judy of Washington and many nieces and nephews.
Her Funeral will be from the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Friday, November 10 at 8 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Immaculate Conception Church, 489 Broadway, Everett at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours in the Funeral Home are on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be at Brookdale Cemetery in Dedham.
Fan of current events, football and Facebook
Mary L. (Domenichello) DeCristoforo of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, passed away in the loving presence of her beloved family in the early morning hours of Thursday November 2. She was 81 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, she was a beloved daughter of the late Michael A. Domenichello, Sr. and Marie (Courtney) Spadafora-Domenichello. Mary attended local schools and received her early education in Chelsea. A resident of Chelsea for most of her life, she resided for the past 30 years in Revere together with her beloved husband Kenneth.
In her lifetime, Mary enjoyed keeping up with current events, following football, and staying in touch with her many friends posting and sharing her recent happenings on Facebook.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 47 years, Kenneth A. DeCristoforo. She was the devoted mother of Robert DiOrio and his wife ,Terry of Chelsea and Kenneth M. DeCristoforo with his friend and companion Bonnie Douglas; cherished grandmother of Robert J. “RJ” DiOrio and his wife, Catherine of Connecticut and Deryn DiOrio of Chelsea and the dear sister of Rose Buckley, Ellen Russell and Michael Domenichello, Jr.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
Long time Chelsea School Crossing Guard
Charles R. Melvin passed away on Friday evening, November 3 in the loving presence of his beloved wife. He was 84 years old.
Born and raised in Everett, a son of the late Charles and Ruth (Leonard) Melvin, he received his education in Everett attending local schools. He enlisted in the US Navy, d served honorably during the Korean Conflict, returned to Everett and for the next 34 years he worked for Touraine Paints in Everett.
Forty-six years ago, he married his beloved wife, Barbara (Doncaster-Broman) and settled in Chelsea. For the past 20 years, Charles worked for the Chelsea School Dept. as a School Crossing Guard. Rarely ever missing a day he loved his assignments watching out for the school children and parents to and from school.
During his lifetime, Charles enjoyed family camping and prided himself as an amateur horseshoe player. His love was family, centering around his grandchildren.
in addition to his parents, he was also predeceased by a sister, June Windsor. He is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Barbara N. (Doncaster-Broman) Melvin of Chelsea. He was the devoted father of Theresa N. Rosati and her husband, Anthony of Wells, ME. Chelsea Police Officer Timothy T. Broman, Sr. and his wife, Angela of Wilmington and Dawn Egan and her husband, John of Laconia NH. He was the cherished grandfather of Chelsea Police Dispatcher Zachary T. Broman, Timothy T. Broman and Chelsea Police Officer Thomas M. Broman, John and Jacqueline Egan and the dear brother of James Melvin of Melrose, Ruth Currie of Seattle, WA and Donna Blake of Lynn.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Ribenia Ramos de Girald
Of Chelsea, formerly of Honduras
Rubenia A. Ramos de Girald
Of Chelsea passed away on Friday, November 3 after a long illness. She was 77 years old.
Born and raised in Olanchito-Yoro, Honduras, she has been a resident of Chelsea for the past 29 years. Rubenia worked with commercial fisheries in Gloucester as a packager for many years. She enjoyed trips to visit Honduras, traveling to New York City and Puerto Rico.
She was predeceased by her parents, Tomas Carcamo and Anselma Ramos, her husband, Jesus Girald and four of her nine children. She was the devoted mother of Erica Calixa of Chelsea. She is also survived by two daughters, two sons, numerous grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and two brothers in Honduras.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.
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Shakirah Hammonds-Vega of Chelsea died on November 4.
The devoted daughter of Brenda I. Vega of Chelsea and Shyreak A. Hammonds of Boston, she was the beloved sister of Carlos Ayuso-Vega of Chelsea, cherished granddaughter of Ana Maria Vega of Chelsea, Peggie Hammonds of South Carolina and the late Juan Vega-Crespo and is also lovingly survived by her aunts and uncles, Juan R. Vega and his wife, Carolyn, Anna Iris Vega, Wanda Vega and Edward Vega, all of Chelsea, Kim Hammonds of South Carolina, Asya McCord of South Carolina and Rhakeem J. Kinard of Boston, as well as her cousins, Alexander, Anthony, Adrianna, Angelina, Julian, Jazmine, Selinnet, Edward, Jr., Nilda and Octavian and fondly remembered by her stepfather Carlos Ayuso.
Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, November 10 at 10 a.m. All attending are to go directly to the church, parking is available across from the church behind the rectory. Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea will be today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Committal services are private. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to www.youcaring/shakirah
To send a message of condolence to Shakirah’s family, please visitwww.smithfuneralhomes.com
John W. Buzderewicz passed away on Friday, September 22 at the Boston Medical Center in Boston after a long and ongoing illness. He was 69 years old.
The beloved husband of
Marylou Kemp-Buzderewicz, he was born and raised in Chelsea, a son of the late
Joseph S. Buzderewicz, Sr. and Dorothy (Seeley) Buzderewicz. John attended school in Chelsea and graduated from Chelsea High School. He enlisted in the US Navyand served honorably during the Vietnam Era. He was a resident of Chelsea for mostof his life and resided in Quincy for the past 18 years. He worked for many years as asalesman for Eagle Electric Supply in Boston and later for Controller Services in Avon before retiring several years ago.
He was a member of the PPC of Chelsea and theChelsea Yacht Club where he was a past board director and past vice commodore. Hewas also a member of the American Legion Nickerson Post 382 in Squantum.
In his lifetime, John was a devoted husband to Marylou and doting grandfather of five, he enjoyed boating and socializing with his dock buddies at his yacht club.
He is survivedby his beloved wife of 11 years, Marylou Kemp-Buzderewicz; two cherished stepsons and their wives; Kenny Kemp and his wife, Christine of Billerica and Scott Kemp and his wife, Marina of Byron, MN. He was the adored grandfather “DziaDzia” and “Buzzy” to Jody, Jack and Kevin Kemp, Kealie and John Kemp; dear brother of Francis “Frannie”Buzderewicz and his wife, Pat of El Mirage, AZ, Robert Buzderewicz and his wife, Carla of Maine, Richard Buzderewicz of Chelsea and David Buzderewicz and his wife, Doreen of Hampton, NH, and the late Joseph S. Buzderewicz, Jr. He is also survived by severalloving nieces and nephews and extended family members.
Relatives are most kindly invited to attend a memorial gathering and remembrance service on Thursday, October 19 beginning at 12 noon at the
Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea. A prayer service will be begin at 1 p.m. concluding with military honors. In tribute to John’s love of boating on the “Sea Eagle,”those attending his last “Bon Voyage” are requested to dress with casual nautical attire. 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
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Of Boston’s North End
Betty (Goldmeer) Pisano of Boston’s North End died on October 4.
She was the beloved wife of the late Pasquale “Pat” Pisano; devoted mother of Cecile Leone and her husband, Luigi of Kingston, Marsha DeSantis and her husband, Phil of Marshfield, Denise Cipoletta and her husband, Joe of Florida, Elissa Pisano of Lynnfield and Roxane Bangs and her husband, Frederick of Lynnfield; dear sister of Joseph Goldmeer of Arizona and the late Charlotte Rasmussen and Morris Goldmeer; cherished grandmother of nine including the late Patrice Gioia, adoring great grandmother of 19, and great great grandmother of one great great grandchild. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was private. For guestbook, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com
LTC Alfred A. “Smilin’ Al” Alvarez
Had long and distinguished military career
LTC Alfred A. “Smilin’ Al” Alvarez (retired) passed away at home on Monday, July 31 at the age of 93 surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on April 25, 1924 in Chelsea and was predeceased by his parents, Fred and Clara Alvarez and his older brother, Frederick. Losing his father at the age of six, his widowed mother raised three children during the Depression. Excelling at school, he skipped the sixth grade and was later editor of the High School newspaper. Attending Northeastern University, he joined the US Army shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor and after stateside training joined the First
Infantry Division in England.
On D-Day, June 6, 1944, he went ashore on Omaha Beach, Normandy and fought his way inshore. Following the Normandy landing, he participated in numerous battles including “Hurtgen Forest” and “the Battle of the Bulge.” He ended the war in Europe in Czechoslovakia in 1945.
Following his commission from OCS in 1949, he served two combat tours in the Korean War. In 1965, he served 18 months in the Dominican Republic conflict, then in 1967 he was in Bolivia confronting “Che Guevara” terrorists. In 1968-1969 as a LTC in the 7th Special Forces “Green Berets,” he served a combat tour in Vietnam where shortly after arriving in-country the helicopter he was riding in was hit by enemy fire and forced to make an emergency landing. He returned stateside and served in the XVIII ABN Corps until retiring in 1974 after 32 years in the Army. Following his retirement from the army, he served as North Carolina State Regional Director of Human Services and later as Cumberland County Master Planner, where he directed personnel assets for the local community.
Taking a plunge into retail merchandising, he was general manager of “The Capitol” department store. In addition to his normal work routine, he found time to help with education efforts at FTCC where he taught soldiers management subjects.
On the weekends, he served as a radio talk show host and later was successful writing and publishing military short stories. Inducted into the US Army OCS Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, Georgia in 2003 as well as selected as Military Analyst for National Geographic Society tours to France and England for D-Day 60th remembrance in 2004. He was honored at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans and named “Chevalier of the French Legion of D’Honneur” by the French government in 2008. He received the “Order of the Long Leaf Pine” from North Carolina Governor Holshouser. A charter member of the Airborne & Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville, he served as docent and participated in various speaking assignments to local and regional audiences.
His awards include: Combat Infantry Badge, Legion of Merit, (2) Bronze Stars for valor with Oak Leaf Clusters, Master Parachutist, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Presidential Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Gliderist Badge, Army Occupational Medal (Germany – Japan), Belgian and French Fouragere, Vietnam Service and Campaign Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Pacificador – Brazil Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal (1st OLC) and 14 Battle Stars.
He is survived by his sister, Mary (age 97), his wife, Florence (to whom he was married for 68 years), his son, Commander (USN, Ret.) Michael and his wife, Catherine, daughter, Colleen Wellons and her husband, William, son Kevin and his wife, Cynthia and son, Sean and his wife, Amy. In addition, he leaves 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A true warrior who put country first in time of war, in peacetime he was happiest surrounded by family and friends and will forever be fondly remembered for his sense of humor and stories.
“ Do not fear death, but rather the unlived life, you don’t have to live forever, you just have to live … And he did.”
A memorial service was held on Saturday, August 5. Burial with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, December 20 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the “Airborne and Special OPS Museum” or to the” Veterans of Foreign Wars.” “Good Night Sweetheart.”
James Joseph Warren II of Chelsea passed away suddenly in his home on August 13
at the age of 48.
James attended Chelsea public schools in his youth and had a love for baseball and every sport.
He was the beloved son of James and Karen Warren of Chelsea and is survived by his brother, Jerimy Warren of Chelsea, sister, Janeen Deleon and her husband, Osiris and nieces and nephews, Tayla and Jeremy Warren and Kamryn and Kollin Deleon of Peabody.
All services were held privately.
Retired seamstress and hand stitcher, nurturer and caregiver
Francisca Rivera of Chelsea died peacefully Sunday morning with her family by her side at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston following a brief illness. She was 89 years old.
The devoted wife of Eusebio Rivera, she was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, the daughter of the late Gregorio and Adelina (Cortes Arce) Cortes Roman. She has lived in Chelsea for many years.
Francisca was employed for many companies, but was mainly a seamstress and hand stitcher her whole life before she retired many years ago. She was a care giver who helped nurture and raise many children of the neighborhood and was an inspiration to all who knew her and loved her including her many children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, and of course the neighborhood children.
In addition to her loving husband, she is survived eight children: Eida Feliciano of Littleton, Domingo and Sigfredo Feliciano, both of Chelsea, Nelson Feliciano of Beverly, Jennifer Morales of Peabody, Steve
Rivera of Tewksbury, Jacqueline Forstrom of Clinton and Randall Rivera of Florida; 21 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, six great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers and four sisters.
Her Funeral Service will be held on Saturday August 26 at 3 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness, 40 Hy-Sil Ave, Revere, to which relatives and friends are kindly welcome to attend.
Arrangements were by the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody. Visit www.ccbfuneral.com to sign on-line obituary.
Revere native, resident of Chelsea and Florida
Alice L. (Upton) Williams died at the residence of her daughter, Sandra, where she has made her home for the past two years. She was 91 years old.
Alice was born and raised in Revere and graduated from Revere High School in 1943. She married and raised her family in Revere for more than 40 years. They moved to Chelsea where they remained for about 10 years and where she and her late husband were very active in the Mill Hill Naturalization Club of Chelsea until 1996 when her beloved husband, Wilfred H. “Bill” Williams, Jr. passed unexpectedly on October 11, 1996.
In 1998, she moved to Florida with her daughter, Donna E. Williams and remained there until moving back to New England when Donna passed in 2015.
She was the devoted mother of Sandra E. “Sandy” Johnson and her husband, John E. of Melvin Village, NH, JoAnn A. Williams of Brattleboro, Vermont and the late Donna E. Williams; the dear sister of Lawrence Upton of Hallandale, Florida and the late: Robert F., John, William, Thomas and Edward Upton, Dorothy Cuningham and Marilyn Perry. She was the cherished grandmother to: Jennifer J. Bennett and her husband, Sean of Concord, NH, Jason J. Johnson and his wife, Courtney of Birmingham, Alabama, Matthew Flake of Everett, Jon W. Johnson and his wife, Jill of Avon, CT., Anna Quinn and her husband, John of Brattleboro, VT, Joshua W. Johnson and his wife, Meghan of Wolfboro, NH and Kelsey Carew of Queens, NY. She is also lovingly survived by 11 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Inc. of Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to your favorite Hospice Organization, in memory of Alice L. Williams. For additional information, please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com.
Alexandra Judith Milroy’
Private funeral services were held last week for Alexandra J. Milroy who passed away unexpectedly at 28 years of age on Friday evening, August 11.
She was thebeloved daughter of Paula A. Matrinko and Bryce Milroy. “Alex” spent her early years in Quincy, moved to Malden as a young girl and has resided in Chelsea for the past five years. She attended elementary school in Malden and the Northeast Regional Vocational School in Wakefield. She graduated Metro-Tech in 2007 with a certificate in cosmetology and continued her education at the David Nicholas Institute.
She worked as a make-up specialist for Sephora and was recently employed at Tweed Barber Shop in downtown Boston. She enjoyed being a Make-Up Artist, time with friends and listening to music. She will always be remembered as being a great friend, her overwhelming personality and her loving but sometimes sarcastic wit. She willforever be the beloved daughter of Paula A. Matrinko of Chelsea and Bryce A. Milroyand his wife, Laureen of Brockton; loving sister of Dominic M. Milroy of Chelsea, Jason and Matthew Ignacio of Dartmouth and Meghan Rego and her fiancé, Kevin Pineirho of New Bedford. She was the dearly loved grandniece of Jenny Markevich and the cherished niece of Michael and Cheryl Matrinko, Nicolas Matrinko. She was the adored godmother to Aubrey Matrinko; cherished granddaughter of the late Paul and Nella (Markevich) Matrinko, Bryce and Ann “Chickie” Milroy and loving aunt to Hannah and Leah Ignacio, Marissa Pineirho and Joseph Ignacio. She is also survived by many loving cousins.
Should friends desire, contributions in Alexandra’s memory may be made to St. JudeChildren’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Lorenzo Roderico Sanchez
Longtime fleet auto/truck mechanic for Republic Services
Lorenzo Roderico Sanchez passed away at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston
surrounded by his family on Monday, August 14. He was 60 years old.
Born and raised in San Jose de Idolo,
Suchitepéquez, Guatemala. he was one of eight children born to Nicolasa Amanda
Rodas-Merida of Texas and the late Rodrigo Sanchez-Flores. He received his early
education in Guatemala.
As a young man in his early twenties, Lorenzo immigrated to the United States and first settled in Somerville. He also resided for several years in Medford. He was the father of three children. For the last 10 years, Lorenzo resided in Lynn and was employed for many years as a fleet Auto/Truck Mechanic working for Republic Services in Boston.
Lorenzo’s favorite pastimes revolved around his family and friends, especially his children and all of his favorite nieces and nephews. He enjoyed all things related to cars and trucks and will be fondly remembered for his calm and peaceful demeanor.
He is lovingly survived by his children: Maximiliana “Millie” Sanchez and her
husband, Brian Latter of Chelsea, Sandy Sanchez of Roxbury and Jeffrey Sanchez of
Revere. He was the spouse of Maria Olga Sanchez de Cabral of Medford and the
cherished grandfather of Marissa, Aaron, Aiyanna and Adriana. He is also survived by
three beloved brothers, four adoring sisters and by many loving nieces and
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Lorenzo is to be repatriated to his home country next week for entombment in his family’s mausoleum in the cemetery at San Jose de Idolo, Suchitepéquez in Guatemala. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit
Nicholas Melvin Martinez-Romero passed away at Novant Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte, NC on July 13 while undergoing treatment for an aggressive cancer illness. He was 50 years old.
He was born and raised in Apastepeque, San Vicente, El Salvador and he was a son of Antonio A. Martinez and Josefa Romero de Martinez, both at home in El Salvador. Nicolas came to the area 20 years ago as a young man and settled in East Boston. He worked for most of that time as an environmental specialist with Spaulding Hospital/North End Rehabilitation in Boston. Nicolas was dedicated to fitness and exercise, he enjoyed playing soccer and was a devoted uncle and second father figure to his many nieces and nephews.
He is survived by his brothers Yany Martinez-Romero and Francisco Martinez-Romero, both of Chelsea, Jesus Martinez-Romero of East Boston and Alberto Martinez-Romero of North Carolina He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Nicolas will be later repatriated to El Salvador for future services and burial in his home town of Apastepeque.
Virginia ‘Ginny’ Grayson
Administrative Assistant at Everett Board of Health
Virginia M. “Ginny” Grayson, of Chelsea, formerly of Everett, passed away unexpectedly in her Chelsea home on July 17. She was 58 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, she was a beloved daughter of Virginia M. (Garrity) Grayson of Salem and the late Bernard T. Grayson, Sr. Ginny attended local schools and graduated from St. Rose High School, Class of 1977. She made her home in Everett for most of her life, working and raising two sons. She has resided in Chelsea for the past two years.
As a young mother and homemaker she began her career as an office administrator with the Massachusetts General Hospital. For the past 13 years she was employed at Everett City Hall working at various departments there but primarily she was an Administrative Assistant with the Everett Board of Health. She was an athletic person who enjoyed playing high school basketball, racquetball, other sports and was a member of a women’s softball leagueplaying for team “NE Tel” in Boston.
She will best be remembered as a person with a big heart, always putting others needs before her own, volunteering for blood drives, fund raisers and other worthy endeavors to help people in need.
Along with her mother, she is also survived by her two sons; Christopher Pothier of Somerville and Matthew Pothier of Stafford, VA; the dearly loved sister of William Grayson, Dorothy Grayson and her husband, William Papa, all of Salem, Bernie Grayson, Jr. and his wife, Cathy of Tewksbury and John Grayson and his wife, Laurie of Reading. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Thomas A. Rosa
Of Wakefield, formerly of Chelsea
Thomas A. Rosa, age 72, of Wakefield, formerly of Chelsea, died peacefully Tuesday, July 11 at his residence.
Born in Everett on April 21, 1945 he was the son of the late Albert and Jessica (Szczepankowski) Rosa.
Mr. Rosa was raised in Chelsea and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. He then attended Saint John’s Seminary. Mr. Rosa had worked and retired from the Chelsea Soldiers Home where he had been the Director of Human Resources. He had been a Wakefield resident for the past 12 years and was a dedicated member of St. Joseph Church.
He was the beloved husband of Nancy A. (Canty) Rosa. He was the loving father of Wendy Quatieri and her husband John of Peabody, Kristin Zimini and her husband John of Abington, and Jennifer Rosa of Wakefield. He was the brother of the late Joyce Rosa. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Nicholas & his fiancée Alexandra, Michael, Anthony, Alyssa & her husband Michael, and Kasie.
His Funeral will be held from the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Friday at 9am followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Joseph Church, 173 Albion St., Wakefield at 10am. Interment to follow at Lakeside Cemetery,
Wakefield. Visitation for relatives and friends at the Funeral Home on Thursday from 4-8pm.
Theresa M. (Poto) Meads of Middleton, formerly of East Boston and Revere, passed unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 11 after being stricken at her home and taken to Beverly Hospital.
Born and raised in East Boston, she was a graduate of Fitton Catholic Central High School, Class of 1953. Theresa and her late husband, Stanley, lived in East Boston, then moved to Revere for more than 45 years before moving to Middleton about five years ago. Mrs. Meads was a stay-at-home mom, serving and spoiling her husband and two sons, daily. Her ability to spoil and indulge was not confined to her immediate family. Grandchildren, and most recently, her dear great granddaughter, Mia Rose have also been the recipients of her never ending love and attention. Theresa thoroughly enjoyed her family.
Among her epiphanies in life, five years ago, when she relocated to Middleton, she came upon St. Agnes Church in Middleton. This chapel-like parish became a tremendous source of comfort, peace and joy for her and for the rest of the family. Her late husband, Stanley J. Meads, who died on August 22, 2014, passed following a very long and agonizing period of declining health and without the nurturing and comfort that St. Agnes Parish and that community provided, the struggle would have been impossible. Her kindness and overwhelming generosity to St. Agnes is rather unique and inspiring.
She was the cherished mother of Gary J. Meads and his wife, Patricia of Revere and Mark M. Meads, the proprietor of Rapid Flow, Inc. and his wife, Roberta of Middleton; the devoted grandmother of Amanda M. Meads and Mark A. Meads, both of Middleton; dear sister to Philomena Betano and her late husband, Roy of East Boston, Eleanor T. Hitchings and her late husband, Kenneth of Revere. She is also lovingly survived by her sisters-in-law, Philomena “Philly” Meads of East Boston and Theresa Merino of Peabody. “GGT” also leaves her precious great-granddaughter, Mia Rose, many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews and her dear friends, Rosemary “Buzzy “Russo” and her husband, Joseph, of Winchester. A special remembrance to Theresa’s late canine companion “Teddy.”
Funeral arrangements were by Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to The Restoration Fund at St. Agnes Church, 22 Boston St., Middleton, MA 01949-2199. For additional information, please visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com.
Member of the Chelsea High School Football Hall of Fame
John W. Kursonis, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died on July 11 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He was 79 years old.
Born in Everett, he was a graduate of Chelsea High School. Class of 1956 and a member of the Chelsea High School Football Hall of Fame. He furthered his education in the liberal arts program at Dean Junior College in Franklin. For over 30 years, he worked for Cabot Stain on Marginal Street and also at their plant in Newburyport.
The devoted husband for 51 years of Frances L. Ciaramella, he was the beloved father of Kimberly Ursino and her companion, Jeffrey Mariano of Middleton; brother of the late Helen Kursonis and Theresa Korajczyk; cherished grandfather of Daniel and Dylan Ursino and is also lovingly survived by his nephews: Richard Korajczyk and his wife, Eileen of Woburn, John Korajczyk and his wife, Lori of Wilmington and by his great nephews, Andrew, Jeffrey and Timothy Korajczyk.
Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a memorial service in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea, today, Thursday, July 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 6:45 p.m. Committal Services will be private.
To send a message of condolence to John’s family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com.
Retired Roadway Express truck driver
Richard F. Jankowski of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, passed away on Tuesday evening, July 11 at the Cambridge Hospital after a long illness. He was 78 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, a son of the late Charles and Lillian (Schrimpf) Jankowski, he attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. In the mid 1960’s, Richard settled in Michigan, worked as a professional truck driver with Roadway Express and was a member of the Teamsters Local 486 in Saginaw, MI. After a chronic back injury, in 1997, Richard took an early retirement from driving and moving heavy freight. He resettled in Revere 20 years ago and was a resident of the Jack Satter House in Revere for most of that time. He also began a new career as a shoe salesman, working for the next five years with Michelson’s Shoes in Lexington. He was a former member and past president of the Arlington Touchdown Club, enjoyed bowling and was a member of the Chelsea Night Owls League. He was also an avid Red Sox fan.
In addition to his parents, Richard was also preceded in death by his sister the late Lorraine Sian and his brothers, the late Ernest, Edward and Jerry Jankowski. He was the dear brother of Charles Jankowski and his wife, Joan of Wakefield, Mary Morelli and her husband, George of Danvers and Paul Jankowski and his fiancée, Susan Foley of Woburn, He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
Jennie L. Fulco, a lifelong Chelsea resident, died at home on Thursday, July 6, following a long illness. She was 89 years old.
Born and raised in East Boston, her family moved to Chelsea more than 70 years ago. Miss Fulco spent her entire career in the garment industry (Boston’s Garment District) as a seamstress.
She was the daughter of the late Calogero and Carmella (Lazzaro) Fulco; the devoted sister of Josephine Vitale and her late husband, Robert, Grace Navarro and her late husband, Pat “Nicky” and Michael “Mike” Fulco and his wife, Margaret, “Peggy,” all of Chelsea, and the late Domenica Medige, Lena and her late husband, Anthony “Tony” Stec, Charles Fulco and his late wife, Virginia, Salvatore Fulco and Frank Fulco. She is also lovingly survived by her sisters-in-law: Helen Fulco of Revere and Rosalie Fulco of Cailfornia. An extended family of cherished nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, who loved and respected her as their second mother also survive her.
Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Restoration Fund at Immaculate Conception Church, 22 Lowe St., Revere, MA 02151. For additional information, please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com.
Boleslaw ‘Bill’ Czyzewski, Jr.
Retired Massachusetts State Police Sergeant
Boleslaw A. ‘Bill’ Czyzewski, Jr., of Waltham, formerly of Chelsea, a retired Massachusetts State Police Sergeant, passed away on July 11 at the Massachusetts General Hospital after a brief illness. He was 65 years old.
A son of the late Boleslaw A. and Loretta D. (Zaborski) Czyzewski, he was born and raised in Chelsea, attended local schools and graduated from Christopher Columbus High School in Boston.
He was the beloved husband of 43 years of Diane C. (Giancola) Czyzewski. Together they resided in Waltham for the past 40 years raising two daughters there. Bill continued his education at Boston State College, and received his masters degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Marie College. He was appointed to the Massachusetts State Police attached to Troop “E” for most of his tenure serving at the rank of sergeant. Ten years ago he retired from the State Police after 33 years of service.
Bill enjoyed playing golf and boating, and he was a Boston sports enthusiast, favoring the Patriots and Red Sox. He was also a longtime member of the Polish Falcons Nest 485 in Chelsea.
He is survived by his wife, and he was the devoted father of Mary Bonilla of Henniker, NH and Julie DiMatteo and her husband, David of Billerica; the cherished grandfather of Ryan and Brooke Bonilla and Domenic DiMatteo and dear brother of Lodzia Czupryna and her husband, Dan of Statesville NC. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Following a funeral mass at St. Stanislaus Church, interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
He called himself a ‘tough bandit’ three days after his 101st birthday
James ‘Yanky’ ‘Jim’ Schwartz passed away peacefully on June 2 at his home in Boynton Beach, Florida. He was 101 years old.
Jim was born May 25, 1916 to Maurice and Celia (Handler) Schwartz, graduated from Chelsea High School and married Anita Mazel in 1941.
He served his country in the Pacific Arena from 1942 to 1945 during World War II. He was a Mason and a Shriner.
He lived most of his life in Chelsea, working in the oil and pharmaceutical industries. He had a car wash and pizzeria. His independent and dedicated
career gave a sense of grand style to his life in cars, dress and open attitude. He was a friend to many and many loved him as a dear friend.
Yanky’s passion for summer vacations brought him first to New Hampshire’s Little Squam Lake, and later to a home on Lake Winnipesaukee. He enjoyed
family, photography, boating, entertaining, landscaping, comedy, foreign films, Rusty Nails and people.
Jim is survived by his three sons: Dr. Peter Alan and Mrs. Myra Schwartz of North Attleboro, Lester Keith and Mrs.Suzanne Schwartz of West Campton,
NH and George Schwartz of Sheldonville, MA; seven grandchildren: Jodi Colton, Adam
Zeitsiff, Jeremy Schwartz, Maggie Schwartz, Ben Schwartz, Lucy Schwartz and Sam Schwartz and numerous loving cousins. His great grandchildren are: Abigail and Gavin Zeitsiff and Jonah and Nate Colton. Jim was preceded in death by his loving wife, Anita; his brothers: Philip, Irving and Bernard, and his sister, Pearle. Jim is also survived by Philip’s son, Arnold Schwartz and his wife, Suzie and Pearle’s son, Ed Eich and his wife, Jayme.
Three days after he turned 101, he said “I’m a tough bandit.”
And so he was.
There will be a graveside farewell to Jim today, Thursday, June 29 at 10 a.m. at The Chelsea JCC Cemetery on Buxton Road in Danvers.
Lifelong Chelsea resident
Joseph Adamowicz of Chelsea passed away suddenly on Wednesday, June 21 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett. He was 78 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, the son of the late Napoleon and Louise Adamowicz, Joe attended local schools and was a lifelong resident of Chelsea. He worked as a paint mixer with Raffi and Swanson Manufacturing and retired several years ago. Joseph was a devoted Catholic and lived a deeply religious, spiritual and prayerful life. He frequently attended Masses at St. Stanislaus Church and St. Michael the Archangel Chapel in Chelsea.
He was the former husband of Barbara “Bobbie” Elliot and devoted stepfather of the late Cisco Naranjo, the cherished grandfather of Krystal Naranjo, the beloved brother of Donna Hollis of Georgetown and dear uncle of Jolene Hollis-Fraser and her husband, Jesse Fraser, Chris Hollis and his wife, Lisa and adored great uncle of Anthony Silva, Gavin Fraser and Ryan Hollis.
Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Friday, June 30 at St. Michael the Archangel Chapel, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea at 11 a.m. Final arrangements were handled by the Anthony Memorial-Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea. For online guestbook or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Richard Alphonse Pruneau
Director of Torf Funeral Service for 41 years
Richard Alphonse Pruneau, a longtime Arlington resident, died peacefully in Chelsea on June 23. He was 73 years old.
Richard was born on February 6, 1944 in Boston to the late Francis G. and Ann (Nauer) Pruneau. He graduated from Don Bosco Tech in 1961, furthered his education at New England Institute-Kenmore Square and became a licensed funeral director in 1969.
He married Eda in 1966. After moving to Arlington, Richard began working for Torf Funeral Service in Chelsea as a Managing Funeral Director in 1970 where he stayed for 41 years. Richard also worked and assisted with many funeral home establishments in the Boston Area.
Richard loved and was dedicated to funeral service. He was passionate about all things funeral service. Although not Jewish himself, Richard was strict in his adherence to the Jewish Laws of Tahara always displayed compassion and understanding to the bereaved in their hour of need. He was an active, dedicated member of the Bellingham Lodge #53- Knights of Pythias, Handi Kids of Bridgewater and the Temple Emmanuel Brotherhood of Chelsea. Richard was an avid drummer who marched with the American Legion Post 156 Band of Waltham.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Eda (Hohulja) Pruneau. He was the devoted father of Lisa Connearney and her husband, Frank of Medford and Michelle McCaffery and her husband, William of Burlington; proud grandfather of Ryan and Thomas Connearney and Brendan and Emma McCaffery; loving brother of Shirley Johnston and her husband, Robert of Auburndale, dear uncle to Robert W. Johnston and his wife, Cindy, Laurie Levy and her husband, Michael and the late William L. Johnston and his wife, Lauren. He is also survived by several great nephews and nieces.
His Funeral Mass will be held at St. Agnes Church, 51 Medford Street, Arlington on Friday June 30 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Burial is private.
Visiting hours will be held from the Torf Funeral Service, 151 Washington Avenue, Chelsea, today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital-501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Chelsea Jewish Foundation, 165 Captains Row, Chelsea, MA 02150. Visit www.torffuneralservice.com for guest book and directions.
Longtime Chelsea Teacher’s Aide
A Funeral Mass was said on Wednesday at St. Stanislaus Church for Sophie T. (Domoretsky) Kanarkiewicz who passed away on June 21 in the peaceful surrounding of her home and in the preence of her loving famiy. She was 84 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea and a lifelong Chelsea resident, Sophie was the beloved daughter of the late Dennis and Rose Domoretsky. She attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. She married John H. Kanarkiewicz and together they raised their family of three in Chelsea. A devoted housewife, mother and homemaker she also worked outside of her home for many years as a teacher’s aide with the Chelsea School Dept.
She enjoyed family camping trips, going to polka dances with her husband, handcrafts like sewing and crocheting, the companionship of her feline friends and interior home painting and decorating. Sophie was widowed 15 months ago with the passing of her beloved husband and Chelsea Firefighter, John H. Kanarkiewicz, Sr. She was also preceded in death this past September by her son, Chelsea Fire Lt. John H. Kanarkiewicz, Jr. and years earlier by her siblings; Vasily, Michael and Walter Domoretsky. She is lovingly survived by her children and their spouses: Rosemarie Miller and her husband, Gary of Lynnfield and Frank Kanarkiewicz and his wife, Joanne of Peabody. She was the cherished grandmother of Dennis and Sara Kanarkiewicz, Adrienne Manes and her husband, Aaron and adored great-grandmother of Caroline Manes.
A Funeral Mass was said on Wednesday at St. Stanislaus Church. Interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett, Rev. Andrew T Grelak officiated. Final Arrangements were handled by the Anthony Memorial-Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. For online guestbook or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit: www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Retired principal clerk of Chelsea Treasurer’s office
Delia J. (Mallet) Connors passed away on Monday, June 26 after a brief illness with her caring and loving family at her side and in the peaceful surroundings of her home. She was 75 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, she was a daughter of the late Ernest J. and Laura B. (Arsenault) Mallet. A lifelong Chelsea resident, she attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1960. She married John J. “Jack” Connors and together they raised their family of three in Chelsea.
A devoted housewife and Mother, Delia also worked outside of her home as a data processing clerk at the Winthrop Community Hospital and she was later employed at Chelsea City Hall working for 13 years as a principal clerk in the city Treasurers Office. She retired in 2009.
In her lifetime, Delia enjoyed arts and crafts, sewing, creating and sewing Halloween costumes for her children. She also enjoyed working in ceramics, shopping and browsing through Flea Markets and collecting “Teddy Bears,” but she mostly enjoyed and loved time spent with her family and her grandchildren.
She was the beloved wife of 56 years of John J. “Jack” Connors; devoted mother of Paulette Velastegui, Juliann Boesch and her husband, Roberto and Robert Connors and his wife, Deborah, all of Chelsea; cherished grandmother of Timothy Velastegui, Daniel Velastegui, Kaitlyn Jessee, Christina Boesch, Robert Michael Connors, Rebecca Connors and Rileigh Connors; dear sister of Theresa Roberts of Saugus and the late Ernest Mallet and Rosemarie Cardarelli. Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, June 30 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 10:30 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. MA/NH Office, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com
John J. Gerace of Acton passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 28 at UMass Medical Center surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness. He was 56 years old.
John was born on April 30, 1960 in a military hospital at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He attended Chelsea High School and was a delivery truck driver for Office Source in Burlington for 18 years. He loved movies, especially military movies, and was very interested and well read on anything military. In his spare time, John enjoyed fishing and collecting comic books. John was a devoted husband and father and will be greatly missed.
John is survived by his beloved wife of 28 years, Rita M. (McAleavey) Gerace; his daughter, Jillian A. Gerace of Acton; his father, Harry L. Gerace, Sr. of Bedford and his mother, Ruth M. (McCarthy) Gerace of Jacksonville, NC. He is also survived by his siblings: Francis X. Gerace and his wife, Martina of Winchendon, Harry L. Gerace, Jr. and his wife, Mercy of East Boston, Brian K. Gerace and his wife, Donna of Attleboro, Helen A. Gerace of Acton, Joseph A. Gerace and his wife, Ute of Jacksonville, NC, and Marion R. Jones and her husband, Anthony of Wakefield; and his godmother, Jane Benduzek of Weymouth. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services are private. A celebration of John’s life will be held at a later date. Mercadante Funeral Home & Chapel, 370 Plantation St., Worcester was honored to have assisted the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Avenue, Waltham, MA 01701 (www.heart.org).
Thomas R. Cromwell of Virginia Beach, Virginia, formerly of Chelsea, died early on Saturday morning, July 30. He was 58 years old.
Born in Chelsea and a resident here until moving to Virginia in 1992, Thomas worked as a chef in local restaurants including Bennigans and Houlihans.
He was the beloved husband of Maureen K. Lee of Lynn; devoted father of Thomas Richard Henry Cromwell of Lynn and Keturah Joan Jackson of Washington, DC; loving brother of Doreen Hornbeak and her husband, Steven of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Beverly Martin-Ross and her husband, Larry of Chelsea, Charlie Martin of Lynn, Maurice Cromwell of Chelsea, John Cromwell of Hubbardston, Paula Cromwell of Chelsea, John Martin and his wife, Delia of Chelsea, Richelle Cromwell and her husband, Larry of Chelsea, Joan Cromwell and her husband, Kenneth Umemba of Chelsea, Darren Cromwell and his wife, Sue of Lincoln, Gregory Carter of Medford and the late Andrea Martin. He is also lovingly survived by a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea.
To send a message of condolence to his family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com
CROMWELL- Of Virginia Beach, Virginia, formerly of Chelsea, July 30th, Thomas R. Beloved husband of Maureen K. Lee of Lynn. Devoted father of Thomas Richard Henry Cromwell of Lynn and Keturah Joan Jackson of Washington, DC. Loving brother of Doreen Hornbeak and her husband Steven of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Beverly Martin-Ross and her husband Larry of Chelsea, Charlie Martin of Lynn, Maurice Cromwell of Chelsea, John Cromwell of Hubbardston, Paula Cromwell of Chelsea, John Martin and his wife Delia of Chelsea, Richelle Cromwell and her husband Larry of Chelsea, Joan Cromwell and her husband Kenneth Umemba of Chelsea, Darren Cromwell and his wife Sue of Lincoln, Gregory Carter of Medford and the late Andrea Martin. Also lovingly survived by a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Service in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Tuesday, August 9th at 10 AM. Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home on Monday from 4-8 PM.
Born in Chelsea and a resident here until moving to Virginia in 1992, Thomas, at 58 years of age, passed away at home early Saturday morning. A graduate of Chelsea High School, Thomas worked as a chef in local restaurants including Bennigans and Houlihans.