Obituaries 08-09-2018

Obituaries 08-09-2018

Marion Terese Decowski

September 15, 1930 – July 31, 2018

Marion T. (McLaughlin) Decowski passed away on Tuesday, July 31, in the peaceful surroundings of her son’s Rochester, N.H. home.

She was 87 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, a daughter of the late John F. and Margaret G. (Coleman) McLaughlin.

Marion attended St. Rose Parochial School and graduated from St. Rose High School.       She worked as a librarian at the Chelsea Public Library and as a long-distance operator and telephone repair associate for NE Telephone  Co.

In 1952, she married Raymond J. Decowski and the couple raised their family in Chelsea. She also resided for several years in No. Andover and spent time between Alton Bay, NH and “Swiss Village” in Winter Haven, Fla.

Marion was widowed in 1991after sharing 39 years of love and devotion with her beloved Raymond.         More recently, she lived with her daughter in Derry, N.H. and continued to winter at “Swiss Village”.

She lived an independent and active life style all of her life. She enjoyed bowling and playing cards with her friends in Winter Haven. She was a talented knitter and an avid reader, a past member of the former PAV Post 13 Ladies Auxiliary in Chelsea and a proud Irish lady who enjoyed Polka dancing.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her dear sister, Eleanor (McLaughlin) Woodward Ellard.

She was the devoted mother of Patti Hughes and her husband, Robert of Winter Haven, Fla. Jack Decowski and his wife, Patty of Rochester, N.H., Tom Decowski and his companion, Karen Welsh of Alton Bay, N.H., and Eileen Viens and her husband, Daniel of Derry, N.H. She was the sweet “Irish Babci” of Raymond Hughes, Christopher Hughes, Thomas Hughes, Jennifer Cormier, Eric Gianatasio, Robert Gulizia, Jonathan Decowski, Mark Decowski, Noelle MacDonald, Nicole Tusi, Samantha Wright, Raymond Decowski,

Thomas Decowski, Jr., Jessica Decowski, John Decowski, Shawn Viens and Stephanie Viens and the cherished great-grandmother of 16.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday in Our Lady of Grace Church, followed by Marion being placed to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

Funeral arrangements were by the Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons, Chelsea.  Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 218 S.Dixie Drive, Haines City Fla., 33844.  For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Gertrude Ciarlone

Of Chelsea

Gertrude A. Ciarlone of Chelsea died on July 26.

She was the devoted wife of the late James A., beloved mother of James Ciarlone of Chelsea, Robert Ciarlone of Everett and Donald Ciarlone of Billerica; sister of Doris Davis of Franklin, Mildred Nickerson of Malden and the late Anna, Elizabeth, Theresa, Helen, Ralph and Alfred and cherished grandmother of Lisa Ciarlone, Terri Walsh, Kristin Fulton and Gina Bauer. She is also lovingly survived by her great-grandchildren, Dylan, Jordan and David as well as by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Obituaries 03-15-2018

Obituaries 03-15-2018

Helen Wilson

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

September 05, 1922 – March 10, 2018

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

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

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

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

home in the early 1950’s.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rosaria Caradonna

Chelsea High School Teacher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gertrude Bial, Longtime Chelsea Resident, Dies at the Age of 94

Gertrude Bial, Longtime Chelsea Resident, Dies at the Age of 94

Gertrude (Florence) Bial of Delray Beach, Florida, formerly of Chelsea, entered into rest on Jan. 30, 2018. She was 94 years old.

Gertrude (Florence) Bial.

Gertrude (Florence) Bial.

Born in Chelsea, Mrs. Bial was the daughter of the late Myer Israel and the late Fannie (Raisman) Florence.

She graduated from Chelsea High School Class of 1941 and later attended Fisher College and Secretarial School.

During WWII, she worked as a volunteer at the Naval Ship Yard.

She was president of B’nai Brith in Chelsea, executive secretary at American Biltrite Corporation and co-owner of the Bial Upholstery Company in Boston, with her late husband, Norman Bial.

She is the devoted mother of Louis C. Bial and his late wife Deborah, Roberta Pinta and her late husband Howard, and Scott N. Bial and his wife Lisa, the cherished grandmother of Dr. Erica Bial and her husband Todd Chapin, Lauren Bial Sch­neider and her husband Eric, Matthew Bial and his wife Dr. Wendy Glaberson, Jennifer Pinta, Natalie Pinta and her husband Kevin Gonsalves, Adam J. Bial, Jason R. Bial, Jack F. Bial and Julia A. Bial, and great grandmother of Jacob, Nehemiah and Dayne Schneider and Jordan Bial. Loving sister of David Flor­ence, Rosalie Cohen and the late Sylvia Sazinsky, Bernard Florence, Dr. Lewis Florence, Dr. Hyman Florence and Leonard Florence.

Funeral services will be held at Stanetsky Memorial Chapel, Canton, on Friday, February 2, 2018.

Expressions of sym­pathy in her memory may be donated to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation,, or Autism Speaks,

Mrs. Bial was a homemaker, a wonderful friend, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She will be greatly missed.

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Remembering Beverly Nowicki as a Friend to All

Remembering Beverly Nowicki as a Friend to All

By Cary Shuman

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.

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Obituaries 10-12-2017

Obituaries 10-12-2017

John Buzderewicz

Of Quincy, formerly of Chelsea

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

Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Chelsea, 617-889-2723

Betty Pisano

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

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.”

Arrangements are by Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home.

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Congratulations Alejandrina

Congratulations Alejandrina


Mrs. Alejandrina Rodriguez, a long-standing Chelsea resident and community activist, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Multidisciplinary Studies degree from Cambridge College recently.Her family wished her well and said they are very proud of her achievement. “I am so grateful to have such a blessing in my mother,” said the family. “She has been a role model for so many people in her community, including myself. It is to admire how she has achieved all these goals. Because of her, I am who she wants me to be, an educator. I have seen her work all these years, working day and night, striving to get to her classes after work, getting home late at night. She is unstoppable. She deserves the degree that she has obtained with all her effort. My mother is #1.”

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Obituaries 07-07-2016

Maureen Grant

Devoted to home and family

Maureen (Graves) Grant passed away on June 29 at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford after a brief illness and rapid decline in health. She was 71 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, a loving daughter of the late CFD Deputy Chief Leo B. Graves, Sr. and Lillian P. (Auld) Graves, she attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. She continued her education at Merrimack College and at the former Cardinal Cushing College where she received her bachelor’s degree in accounting. Maureen settled in the Hyde Park neighborhood in Boston in the mid 70’s raising her three daughters and supporting her home by working as a bookkeeper for Turner Fisheries on the Boston Fish Pier. She completed her work career with the Judge Baker Children Center in Boston.

In 1998 she returned to Chelsea, sharing residence with her father in the family home on Garfield Avenue. She retired 14 years ago and for the last seven years, she was an active resident at the Admiral Towers co-op where for a time she held the office of treasurer.

For many years she followed in her father’s footsteps as a local Voting Poll Worker and Poll Clerk, assisting at countless city, state and federal elections.

In her lifetime, Maureen was devoted to home and family enjoying special time with her adoring grandchildren. She was a lifelong avid Red Sox Fan and NE Patriots/Tom Brady Fan.

She is survived by her three loving daughters: Holly Herring, Shelby Grant and Courtney Amoroso, all of Boston and her beloved siblings; Lillian P. Fitzgerald of Peabody, Leo B. Graves, Jr. of Tennessee and Denise M. Graves of Chelsea. She was the loved and cherished grandmother of Katelynn Schmoker, Maureen Caruso, David Caruso and Jenna Caruso.
Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday July 7 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 Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Barbara Noseworthy

Often volunteered at First Congregational Church in Chelsea

Barbara H. (McNeil) Noseworthy, a longtime Everett resident, passed away Thursday morning, June 30 at her daughter’s home in New Hampshire. She was 92 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, the daughter of the late George and Irene (Hughes) McNeil, she worked at the former Everlastic Factory in Chelsea during World War II making supplies for servicemen overseas. She later worked at the former Homer’s Bakery in Everett, which is now known as Elm St. Bakery. Barbara worked at the bakery for 12 years before becoming a homemaker, caring for her family and her home. Barbara was a longtime resident of Everett, where she and her husband raised their family.

She was the wife of the late Edward Noseworthy, Sr. They shared 59 years of marriage before his passing in 2003. During her free time, Barbara enjoyed playing bingo, was a member of the Saugus Senior Center and often times volunteered at the First Congregational Church in Chelsea. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

Barbara was the devoted mother of Edward Noseworthy, Jr. and his wife, Carolyn of Revere and Diane Greenwell and her husband, James of Gilford, NH; sister of the late George McNeil and Bertha Toce; beloved grandmother of six grandchildren: Carole Rocha and her husband, Brian, Kim Misci and her husband, Bryan, Edward Noseworthy III, Barbara Greenwell and her life partner, Michael Rutherford, Susan Clark and her husband, Scott and Julie Phipps; nine great grandchildren: Madison, Reileigh, Reese and Gavin Clark, James and Robert Phipps, Evan and Aubrey Rocha and Miles Misci. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted in the Carafa Family Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations in Barbara’s memory may be made to the Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice 780 North Main St. Laconia, NH 03246.

Marie Watt

Of Rowley, formerly of Revere and Chelsea

Marie P. (Langone) Watt of Rowley, formerly of Revere and Chelsea, died at home surrounded by her family on July 6. She was 75 years old.

She was a former secretary for John Hancock Insurance Co.

Born in Revere, the daughter of the late Francis and Angelina (Williams), she was the beloved wife of the late Joseph R.; devoted mother of Joseph Watt of New Hampshire, Pamela Medeiros and Ronald and Steven Watt, all of Rowley; dear sister of the late Linda Ronga, Phyllis Caserta, Ralph Langone, Frank Langone, Charles Langone and Robert Langone and is also survived by three loving grandchildren: Jessica, Brian and Joseph and many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St Anthony’s Church (Revere) on Friday, July 8 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours are respectfully omitted. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marie’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St, Framingham, MA 01701. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book please visit

Evelyn Flammio

Lifelong Chelsea resident

Evelyn G. Flammio passed away on Wednesday, June 29 at Wingate of Melrose (Epoch Nursing Home). She was in her 100th year.

One of six children born to the late Pasquale and Elizabeth (Liucci) Flammio, she was born in Boston and was a lifelong resident of Chelsea spending most of her life residing in the family home on Lewis Street in the Mill Hill neighborhood. She attended local schools and worked at Forbes Lithograph to assist supporting her family. She also worked as secretary and office clerk for many years assisting a local dentist, Dr. Hoffman DDS in his office.

Evelyn never married, she remained devoted to home, her parents and was a longtime caregiver for her brother, Carmine “Carli” Flammio. In addition to her parents, Evelyn was also preceded in death by her five siblings:; Mary T. DelVisco, Elizabeth G. Peavyhouse, Thomas, “Carli” and James Flammio. She is survived by several devoted nieces and nephews: Betty Flammio, Thomas Flammio, James Flammio, Kenneth Peavyhouse and Emily Surrette and by many grandnieces and grandnephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Kathleen Santoro

Of Wilmington, formerly of Chelsea

Kathleen F. (Madigan) Santoro of Wilmington, formerly of Chelsea, passed away at Tufts Medical Center in Boston on June 30 after a long illness. She was 65 years old.

Born in Chelsea and a Chelsea resident until moving to Wilmington 20 years ago, Kathleen was the teller supervisor for Bank of America at their State Street branch for over 25 years.

She was the devoted wife of Nicholas J. Santoro, Jr.; beloved mother of Barbara Santoro-Leneski and her husband, Michael of Lakeworth, FL and Nicholas J. Santoro, III and his wife, Katie of Tewksbury; daughter of Constance Madigan of Revere and the late John E. Madigan, Sr.; dear sister of Connie Rossetti of Revere, Clare Arsenault of Everett, Loretta DiCresce of Las Vegas, NV, Daniel Madigan of Peabody, Lillian Madigan of Revere and the late John E. Madigan, Jr.; cherished grandmother of Nicholas J. Santoro, IV and she is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Service in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea today, Thursday, July 7 at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Expressions of sympathy in Kathy’s name may be made to National Kidney Foundation of MA, 390 Main St., Worcester, MA 01608. To send a message of condolence to Kathy’s family, please visit

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Obituaries 06-30-2016

Maureen Conway

Avid reader and music lover

Maureen F. Conway of Revere passed away in Boston on June 5. She was 82 years old.

An avid reader who loved music, Maureen was born in Revere on February 3, 1934 to Frances and Harold Parsons. She was the mother of Susan Corea and her husband, Joseph of Pelham, NH, Nancy Conway of Chelsea, the late Richard H. Conway and his wife, Leslie of Lewiston, ME, Paul Conway of Revere, Frank Conway and his wife, Maureen of Derry, NH, Maureen Dingee and her husband, David of Chicopee. She was the grandmother of 10; great grandmother of six and aunt of many nieces and nephews. Maureen is also survived by her sisters, Jean Gonzales of Tewksbury and Margeret Parsons of Haverhill. She was predeceased by Richard H. Conway (son), David Parsons and Ella Gleitzman.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Maureen’s name to: The Home for Little Wanderers, 10 Guest St., Boston, MA 02135. Private services.

Laura Wangrocki

Former member of Ladies of Revere Moose and Chelsea Golden Agers

Laura J. (Mongiello) Wangrocki passed away on June 23 at Care One of Peabody where she had recently been rehabilitating and receiving supportive care. She was 94 years old.

Born in Revere, the beloved daughter of the late Luigi and Elvira (Monzione) Mongiello, she grew up in and attended schools in Chelsea. She was married to Joseph E Wangrocki and settled in Revere where she resided for more than 45 years. Her husband predeceased her in 1970. Laura worked as a nurse’s aide for many years before retiring several years ago. She was a past and former member of the Ladies of the Revere Moose and the Chelsea Golden Agers.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by her son. Louis A. Wangrocki in 1976 and two sisters, Antoinette Turmminello and Josephine Weiner. She is survived by her brother and sister, Richard L. Mongiello and Mary Mongiello, both of Chelsea and brother–in-law David Weiner of Salem. She was the cherished aunt of Rachel and Martin Finn of No. Reading, Cheryl and Brian Gideon of Salem, Robert and Janet Weiner of Wakefield, the adored great aunt of Matthew Finn and Alicia Saro and she is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Viola Bradley

Proud of her Armenian heritage, her heart was always in Chelsea

Viola (Kalkanajian) Bradley passed away unexpectedly Wednesday morning, June 29 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home where she was receiving rehabilitative care for the past several weeks. She was 92 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Nishon and Bertha (Sultanian) Kalkanajian. Viola, who attended Chelsea High School, was proud of her Armenian heritage. She married William S. Bradley and together they raised their family of one son and three daughters in their Chelsea home.

Her beloved husband passed away in 1976 and Viola worked hard performing hand labor for local factories and manufacturers. But she most enjoyed and is best remembered from her 25 year career as a retail sales lady working at Bradlee’s in Chelsea.

A longtime Chelsea resident, she made her home together with her daughter and late son-in-law in Revere for the past 16 years. But her heart always remained in Chelsea, volunteering at the Salvation Army providing meals to young children, actively participating at the Chelsea Senior Center volunteering on many committees arranging events and activities.

She traveled to Fort Lauderdale Florida every winter for the past 20 years. A vibrant and independent soul she would continue to go outside of her home utilizing the ride or local taxis for transportation to visit with family and friends. She enjoyed life until a recent fall limited her mobility which she was determined to overcome actively rehabilitating at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home.

She was the beloved wife of the late William S. Bradley; devoted mother of Hugh “Butch” Bradley and his wife, Leenie of Woburn, Helen Dobbyn of Saugus, Nancy Voltero and her husband, Michael of Revere, Deborah Clayman of Revere and her late husband, Richard, and Loreen Bradley of Sandwich. She was the dear sister of John Kalkanajian and his wife, Barbara of Danvers, Patricia McKenna and her husband, Kenneth of Wilmington, the late Mary Stanuchenski and her late husband, Frank, and Viola’s twin sister, the late Helen Kalkanajian. She was the cherished grandmother of Erin Mateo, Michael Voltero, Jr. and his wife Ivy, William Bradley and his wife, Eileen, John Dobbyn, Jr., Brad Voltero, and Erica Colombo and the adored great grandmother of Maggie Bradley, Franklin Mateo, Max Bradley, Cassandra Mateo, Ryan Dobbyn, Bronson Petrillo, Payton Petrillo and Bree Dobbyn.

Her Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday, July 2 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Michael the Archangel Chapel, 91 Crest Ave., (Soldiers Home), 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 Friday, July 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. The Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking oppositethe Funeral Home. Should friends desire, contributions in Viola’s memory may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Foundation, 165 Captains Row, Chelsea, MA 02150. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Leo DeFilippo

US Army veteran of World War II, recently honored by the President of the French Republic with the “Chavelier” Award

Leo P. DeFilippo of Everett, formerly of Medford and Chelsea, entered into rest on June 10 in the Chelsea Soldiers Home. He was 97 years old.

Born in the Roxbury section of Boston, Leo lived in Medford for most of his life. He was the former proprietor of the Gloria Food Store in Malden and also worked for many years at Dom’s Sausage in Malden.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was a long time member of the Retired Men’s Club of Arlington, the American Legion of Medford and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Medford. Leo recently received the “Chavelier” of the Legion of Honor Award by the President of French Republic.

He was the beloved husband of the late Viola (D’Andria); dear brother of the late Joseph, John, and Mary DeFilippo, Clara D’Agostino, and Rose Sachetta; brother-in-law of James Sachetta of Everett and Frances DeFilippo of Arlington; loving uncle of Dorothy Groose, Fred D’Agostino, Dr. John DeFilippo, Sandy Juliano, Jim Sachetta, Joe Sachetta, Rainy Leonard, Steve Sachetta and the late Diane Philips. Also surviving him are several loving grandnieces, grandnephews, great grandnieces and great grandnephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Interment with military honors was in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Leo’s memory to Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150, would be much appreciated.

Carol Ann Guthrie

Of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston

Carol Ann Guthrie of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston, died unexpectedly on June 23.

She was the loving mother of Michael, Eric Sr, Jose, Emy, Lizzy, Bianca and the late Francy; cherished grandmother of Kassandra, Miranda, Jose Jr, Ariana, Mia, Eric Jr, Dieze, Navaeh and Angelina and adored great grandmother of Jaslene and Maiyelle.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, (Orient Heights) East Boston. For more information, visit:

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Roca’s High-Risk Young Mothers Program Wins National Award

The Roca, Inc. High-Risk Young Mothers Program is honored to be a recipient of the Center for the Study of Social Policy’s inaugural Accelerating Change Award. The award recognizes programs and initiatives that have demonstrated a commitment to reach diverse populations of young women and girls of color and create opportunities for their well being and success.

Young women and girls of color—especially those involved in or at risk of involvement in public systems like child welfare and juvenile justice—face a unique and alarming trajectory that puts them at risk of poor outcomes in life. To spotlight organizations, programs and practices that interrupt that trajectory, the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) is recognizing initiatives such as Roca’s High-Risk Young Mother’s Program for our compelling and creative interventions to make a difference in young women and girls’ everyday lives. Roca and four other organizations were selected after a nationwide competition.

“Roca exists to disrupt the cycle of poverty and disconnection that ensnares young people,” said Rosie Muñoz-López, director of Roca’s High-Risk Young Mothers Program. “We’re proud of the work we’ve done to support our young women to become good parents and attain self-sufficiency, and because of this award, we’ll have the opportunity to begin sharing the lessons we’ve learned with others who want to make a difference on behalf of young women and girls of color at a national level.”

Along with national recognition, a small honorarium to support our work and an opportunity to join a network of similar high-performing initiatives, members of Roca’s High-Risk Young Mother’s Program will attend United State of Women Summit hosted by the White House next month. The United State of Women Summit will rally women and girls across the nation and abroad to discuss key gender equality issues, such as economic empowerment, educational opportunity, health and wellness, violence against women, entrepreneurship and innovation and leadership and civic engagement.

“Organizations like Roca are changing the narrative about young women and girls of color,” said Tashira Halyard, CSSP senior associate and lead for the Alliance for Racial Equity in Child Welfare. “Too many of our girls and young women of color are placed on a path toward negative outcomes after experiences with public systems that are meant to protect them and support them. Rather than perpetuating what is often an ‘abuse-to-prison pipeline,’ these organizations are lifting up and supporting our young women and girls of color as crucial to our nation’s future.”

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