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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
St. Mary’s High School sophomore guard Christina Nowicki played in the Boverini Basketball Tournament in Lynn with a heavy heart, having lost her grandmother, Beverly Nowicki, who died on Dec. 27 after a long and courageous battle against illnesses.
Christina and her sister, Mia, a St. Mary’s 2017 graduate, a freshman at Assumption College and an All-Scholastic softball pitcher, each delivered beautiful remarks in memory of their beloved grandmother at the funeral Dec. 29 at the Welsh Funeral Home in Chelsea. Grandson John Paul Nowicki was also present at the memorial observance.
Paul Nowicki gave a heartfelt eulogy about his mother, who was a registered nurse and director of the Cottage Manor and On Broadway Nursing Homes in Chelsea.
Paul remembered how residents of the nursing home would often comment to him about the tremendous care his mother and her staff provided to the residents.
“It was overwhelming how much good she brought to everyone else,” related Paul.
Mrs. Nowicki and her husband, retired Chelsea firefighter Fred Nowicki, provided tremendous support and encouragement to Paul and his brother, Scott throughout their lives. Paul is undisputedly one of the greatest athletes in Chelsea history. He was a three-sport performer and two-sport All-Scholastic at Matignon High School and went on to earn a spot in the Division 1 Clemson University football program. Mr. and Mrs. Nowicki were at all their sons’ games beginning in Chelsea Little League and Chelsea Youth Hockey, humbly remaining in the background as Paul brought countless memories with his exploits on the field and in the rink, and the many individual awards he received.
“Scott and I always said that Mom was our foundation,” said Paul. “Dad was the provider and the protector and mom was the foundation. Mom was everything to Scott and me and it is something that will never be replaced. In good times and bad times, mom was always there for both of us.’’
Speaking to his father, Paul noted, “As Mia and Christina said, your love for my mom, how you treated mom, how you provided for mom, how you protected mom – it inspires us every day and will continue to inspire us every day.”
Paul was elected as an alderman and city councillor in Chelsea and it was mother, a popular resident of the city and the daughter of Police Capt. Robert Renfrew, who organized those successful political campaigns.
Paul told the gathering how the doors of the family home were always open to family and friends, thanks to the warmth and kindness of his gracious mother, who made everyone feel welcomed at the Nowicki residence.
“It was always an open door at the house and there was no better time than Christmastime – mom and dad would host both sides of the family and then around 5 o’clock the doors would open and in come all the friends and those are the times I remember,” said Paul. “You realized you were a part of something bigger.”
Addressing his many friends, Paul said, “No matter when you came in to our lives, my mother always loved you guys because you were loyal to Scott and me and that meant a lot to us because my mom respected and liked you so much an that Scott and I made good decisions with our friends.”
In Beverly Nowicki, Chelsea has lost one of its most popular and well-known citizens. The children of Paul and Tracy Nowicki and the grandchildren of Fred Nowicki and Beverly Nowicki are carrying on the family’s legacy with their excellence in athletics, combined with their exemplary character, cordiality, and kindness.
Former Chelsea 8th District Councilor who worked to better the Chelsea Community
Rochelle “Shelley” A. Bennett of Peabody, formerly of Chelsea, died peacefully at home on Saturday, December 2 after suffering a long illness. She was 73 years old.
Rochelle was born in Chelsea and lived here throughout most of her life. She was a graduate of the Chelsea Public School System and Massachusetts Bay Community College. After college, she worked in an administrative capacity at the law firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris and Glovsky & Popeo and then in 1984 moved to the Venture Capital firm of Alta Communications from which she eventually retired.
Rochelle considered Chelsea to be her home and she was very active in the Chelsea community. In 1994, Rochelle was elected as Chelsea’s 8th District Councilor and served as such until 2003. She had a very strong bond with the City of Chelsea and the people who lived here. Her sole focus was to help the residents of Chelsea and to make Chelsea a great city. She was awarded the “Outstanding Service Award” from the Explorer Post #109 and Chelsea YMCA. She was also awarded the “Chelsea Latin Community Service Award.”
Rochelle served for four years as a Trustee for the Breakwater Condominium Trust and worked closely with other associations to better the Chelsea community. Several of her many accomplishments include reducing weekend noise pollution from Logan Airport and being instrumental in getting the Assisted Living and Nursing Home Facilities built in Admiral’s Hill.
Rochelle was an extremely loving daughter. After losing her father in 1966, she devoted her life to taking care of her mother, Mollie Bennett, until her death in 1998. Rochelle never had children but shared a strong loving bond with her many nieces and nephews. Nothing was more important to Rochelle than her family.
Rochelle loved having fun and enjoyed watching old movies, listening to classic 40’s and 50’s music and playing the piano. She spent many weekends with her friends playing the piano and singing at the Continental Restaurant in Saugus. She took pride in the fact that she worked hard for most of her life and was able to retire comfortably at an early age.
She was so excited for this chapter in her life.
She moved to Florida to enjoy the warm weather and the carefree days of retirement. Unfortunately, illness forced her to move back to Peabody where she lived until her passing.
Rochelle leaves behind her sister, Barbara Kennedy of Boynton Beach, FL, her sister-in-law Geraldine Bennett of Framingham and several nieces and nephews: David and Ann Kennedy of Saugus, Marlene Kennedy of Lynn, Cheryl and Michael Upton of Lynn, Rhonda and Ronald Aldo of Mansfield, Alan and Angel Kennedy of Boynton Beach, FL, Lisa Kennedy of Hillsboro, NH, Sharon and Lou Shuman of New Orleans, LA, Steven Bennett of California and Diane and Kenneth Stone of Framingham, and several great nieces and nephews.
Rochelle was preceded in death by her loving parents, Abraham and Mollie Bennett, her brother, Herbert Bennett, brother-in-law John Kennedy and nephew, Robert Kennedy.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, December 10 at 12 noon at the Torf Funeral Home, 151 Washington Ave, Chelsea followed by burial at the Mishna Cemetery, Fuller Street, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the American Breast Cancer Society or the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.
Of New Hampshire, formerly of Chelsea
Norman Dion of Center Barnstead, NH, formerly of Chelsea, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 2 at the Veteran’s Home, Tilton, NH, following a long battle with dementia. He was 85 years old.
Born in Nashua, NH, the son of the late Edmond and Olivine Dion, he was raised and educated in Chelsea aand was a tireless and dedicated worker for over 30 years at Smith Craft later Keene Lighting Corp. Following retirement, Norman and his wife, the late Doris Dion, built a home in the country to enjoy their golden years.
An honorably discharged veteran, Norman proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army 82nd Airborne Division from 1950 to 1953. During retirement, he was an avid participant at the American Legion, Post 43 in Barnstead.
A loving husband, father, and grandfather, Norman was the pillar of strength for his family. In his younger years, Norman served as a Boy Scout Leader. Norman will be best remembered for his generous heart and love of family.
Norman in survived by five children: Daniel Dion of Chelmsford, Michael Dion of Groton, Cecile Falta of Center Barnstead, NH, Andrea Toolan of Wakefield, and Paul Dion of Newton; four grandchildren: Melissa Derderian of Chicopee, Sara Dion of Somerville, and Jake and Alexis Toolan of Wakefield; three brothers, Raymond Dion of Lynnfield, Paul Dion of Lebanon, ME, and Gerard Dion of Moultonborough, NH; three sisters, Yvette Pizzano of Revere, Cecile Resca of Florida and Yvonne Petrosino of Plymouth and by many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife: Doris (DeSchuytner) Dion, and son, Donald Dion of Chelsea.
His visitation will be held in the Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 172 King St., Boscawen, on Friday, December 8, from 10 to 11 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 11 a.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel. Committal at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Hwy on Friday, December 8 will be at 12 noon. Friends and relatives are invited. To view Norman’s Online Tribute, send condolen
Carolyn Lee DeGurski
Bookkeeper at former Broadway National Bank in Chelsea
Carolyn Lee (Spiriti) DeGurski, a lifelong Chelsea resident, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday evening, November 28 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after succumbing to a long illness. She was 70 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Albert and Dorothy (DeWitt) Spiriti, Carolyn attended Chelsea Public Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1965. She also worked at the former Broadway National Bank in Chelsea where she dedicated 25 years as a bookkeeper for the bank. During her retirement, Carolyn enjoyed shopping, traveling and attending plays. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.
The wife of James J. DeGurski of Chelsea, she was the devoted mother of Stacey DeGurski of Saugus, dear sister of Albert “Dean” Spiriti and his wife, Janet of Everett, James Spiriti of Chelsea and Eugene Spiriti, both of Chelsea and Deborah M. Guidi and her husband, James of Lynn; loving aunt of Cynthia Castillo and her husband, John of Littleton, Allison Ragsdale and her husband, David of California and David Spiriti and his wife, Anna Maria of Revere.
A Funeral Service was conducted in the Carafa Family Funeral Home in Chelsea on Saturday, December 2. Committal was rivate. Donations in Carolyn’s memory may be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Place, Suite 745, Boston, MA 02215 or on-line at www.joslin.org.
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
Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Chelsea, 617-889-2723
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.”