Lesley University graduate student Natalie Lane wanted the students in her art therapy group to have their artwork appreciated by others, so she organized a show in the community room at Chelsea Village Elderly on the final day of her internship.
Lesley University graduate student Natalie Lane (right), with the seniors, Elisa Enamorado, Silvia Hernandez, and Irena Lewicki, in her art therapy group at the Chelsea Village Elderly, 5 Admirals Way. The seniors are pictured in front of their artwork at a show inside the Chelsea Village community room.
Residents walked in and admired the artwork of Village residents Irena Lewicki, Elisa Enamaorado, and Silvia Hernandez, who stood proudly in front of their finished pieces and happily answered questions about the entre artistic process.
Lane, 22, has been working with the seniors as an art therapy intern since September. She held one-hour art classes twice a week in addition to a one-hour art therapy studio session.
“My goal was to introduce therapeutic expressive art to the residents,” said Lane, who is originally from Texas.
“I stressed the creative component of healing, along with building relationships and a community. The seniors did such a good job and they deserve to be proud of it and to be appreciated.
It turns out what the seniors themselves appreciated the most was Lane’s teachings and professional manner, complemented by her warmth and vibrant personality that made each student feel special.
“Natalie is the finest person I’ve ever met,” said the 71-year-old Lewicki, who was born in Poland and came to the United States in 1963. “She directs us in such a positive way. I’ve learned so much from her. It’s not easy, but it’s a beautiful thing to be able to express yourself through your art. She’s transformed me in to an artist.”
Enamorado also said that Lane was an inspiration and gave her a deeper appreciation of art.
“We had an art group that was like a family and it was taught by a wonderful person,” said Enamorado. “What I enjoyed most was working on the group art piece.”
Tammy King, residence services coordinator for Chelsea Village (Peabody Properties), said the art therapy program was a huge success.
“I really appreciate Lesley College’s programming and administrative support and having Natalie here to provide such an outstanding program for our residents,” said King, who attended the art show.
Former owner of Okay Corral Tavern in Peabody and Harmony Lounge in Chelsea
Joseph A. Kulpa, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, passed away Wednesday evening, September 2 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett. He was 75 years old.
The son of the late Peter and Olga (Niconchuk) Kulpa, Joseph attended Chelsea Public Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1957. He enlisted in the US Army National Guard on September 11, 1962 and was honorably discharged on February 1, 1965.
The former owner of the Okay Corral Tavern in Peabody for several years, prior to owning his business in Peabody, Joseph owned and operated the Harmony Lounge, which was located on 5th St. in Chelsea. Joseph also owned his own dump truck and was a dump truck operator for area contractors.
He was the former husband of Joan (Tashian) Jones; the brother of Anthony “Tony” Kulpa of New Hampshire, Nina Giorio of Melrose, Diane Boyle of Peabody and the late Alexander and Peter Kulpa. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Carafa Family Funeral Home in Chelsea.
Izydor Jan ‘John’ Siepka
Worked for American Biltrite of Chelsea until its closing and retired from Wakefield School Department
Izydor Jan ‘John’ Siepka of Wakefield, formerly of Chelsea and Poland, passed away at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington after a short illness. He was 82 years old.
Born and raised in Poland, he received his early education attending schools in occupied Poland and Germany during World War II. During the late 1940’s,, as a young man, he immigrated to the United States with his mother and grandmother to begin a new life. Originally settling in Natick with a sponsor family, he later relocated to Chelsea.
He was introduced to a young lady still in Poland, they corresponded with each other by mail and eventually John returned to Poland to meet this young lady, Wieslawa Michalak. They courted and were soon married in Poland in a civil ceremony. John returned to the United States making arrangements to bring his new bride home. Their marriage was consecrated in St. Stanislaus Church in Chelsea in 1961.Together they raised their three sons in Chelsea before moving to Wakefield in 1980.
John worked for nearly 30 years for American Biltrite Co., in Chelsea until 1978 when the factory closed. He was later hired by the Wakefield School Dept. working at the Galvin Jr. High School for the next 15 years as a Facilities/Building manager and supervisor. He retired in 1999.
In his lifetime John enjoyed time with his family, holiday dinners and old fashion Sunday family dinners, taking his sons on early morning fishing trips, traveling with his wife, enjoying many ocean and sea cruises, in the Caribbean, Alaskan waters and European shores. Spending time in the White Mountains, hiking, berry picking and wilderness activities, he was also a self-fancied wine connoisseur.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Wieslawa “Virginia” Siepka. He was the devoted father of Mark Siepka and his wife, Karen of Rowley, Thomas Siepka and his wife, Eva of Peabody and Stephen Siepka of Chelmsford. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
His Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, September 18 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held today, Thursday, September 17 at the Welsh Funeral Home, Chelsea from 4 to 8 p.m. The Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit: www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Charles Piotrowski Sr.
Licensed master plumber, 20 year owner of Crown Auto Sales in Malden, Past Trustee of PAV Post 13
Charles Piotrowski Sr. of Stoneham, formerly of Chelsea, passed away on Friday, September 11 at Life Care Center in Stoneham after a brief illness. He was 88 years old.
Born in Worcester, the beloved son of the late John P. and Sophie (Walczak) Piotrowski, he grew up in Chelsea, attended St. Stanislaus Parochial School and Chelsea High School. He enlisted in the US Navy during World War II, served with navy aviators as a tail gunner and was honorably discharged in 1945. After returning to Chelsea, he began working with his father and brother, owning and operating P&H Oil Company on Williams Street in Chelsea.
He married Patricia Harrington in 1951 and together they raised their family of two sons and two daughters. They resided in Chelsea before settling in Stoneham 40 years ago.
He was a member and past Trustee of the PAV Post 13 in Chelsea. Charlie was a licensed master plumber, proficient in oil burner repair and home and commercial heating specialties.
In the 70’s, the family business was acquired by Dick’s Oil and Top Gas and he continued working and assisting the new owners with their transition. After many years of late night oil deliveries and repair calls, Charlie changed careers and established Crown Auto Sales in Malden. There he found his new niche selling and providing cars for the next 20 years to many different individuals and families. He retired in late 1990’s.
Charlie was preceded in death by one of his sons, Kevin M. Piotrowski in 2013. He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Patricia A. (Harrington) Piotrowski of Stoneham. He was also the devoted father of Charles G. Piotrowski, Jr. and his wife, Joan of Delray Beach, FL., Cheryl Breault and her husband, Donald of Stoneham, Denise Stec of Wakefield, her late husband Alexander and the late Kevin M. Piotrowski. He was the dear brother of the late John V. Piotrowski and is also survived by eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit: www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Of Chelsea, formerly of Revere
Eileen Ginepra of Chelsea, formerly of Revere, died on September 12 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She was 60 years old.
Born in Winthrop and a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1972, she was the daughter of the late George and Viola (Johnson) Ginepra, the devoted mother of Desiree Ginepra and her boyfriend, John Beninati; beloved partner of the late Thomas Boyington; dear sister of Robert Ginepra of Everett and the late Carolyn Mastrorio and Linda Ginepra and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be in the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Saturday, September 19 at 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. For guest book, please visit www. Buonfiglio.com
Former waitress at Nick’s Deli in Revere
Marianne (Gallant) Hanson passed away July 18 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She was 56 years old.
Born in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Joseph and Eleanor (Smith) Gallant, Marianne grew up in Chelsea, attended the Chelsea Public Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1976. She resided in Chelsea for several years before locating to Malden with her beloved husband, Dale A. Hanson who says of his beloved wife “I cannot say enough about my wife Marianne. Marianne was the most loving, caring, selfless person I know. She spent most of her time worrying and giving to everyone else. She was strong until the end, never losing her faith even on the most painful days. I have lost the mother of my children, my wife and most importantly my best friend and support system. We will carry Marianne’s memory forever in our hearts.”
Marianne was a former waitress at Nick’s Deli in Revere for 10 years. She was a warm and caring woman, always giving gifts to needy families during the Christmas holiday season.
Marianne was the devoted mother of Chris LaChance and Joe LaChance and his wife, Christina, all of Lynn and John A. Hanson and Kevin Hanson, both of Winthrop; dear sister of Joseph Gallant and his wife, Diane of Saugus and the late Carol Anne DeRosa; sister-in-law of Victor DeRosa of Chelsea and is also lovingly survived by one granddaughter, Audrina LaChance of Lynn, one nephew, Derek Gallant, nieces Lisa Bell and her husband, Ray of Chelsea, and Jaime DeRosa of Saugus, great-nieces, Victoria Bell and Ava and great-nephew, David Bell.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Rose Church, 601 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, July 23 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Arrangements are by the Carafa Family Funeral Home 389 Washington Ave. Chelsea.
Mary Jane Zecha
Retired social worker
Mary Jane M. (Flynn) Zecha passed away on July 20 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a brief illness. She was 72 years old.
Born in Cambridge, the beloved daughter of the late Thomas W. and Alice K (Reidy) Flynn, Mary Jane was raised in North Reading and graduated from No. Reading High School, Class of 1960. She continued her education at the University of Texas where she received her Associates Degree in Social Services.
She worked as a professional social worker for St. Ann’s Home in Methuen and later for RZR Inc. Group Homes in Hyde Park, retiring several years ago.
During her life, she enjoyed travels to Booth Bay, ME and sailboat rides at that beloved destination. Mary Jane was well known for her delightful personality and humor.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law, Joanne R. Peck and her husband, Peter Peck. She is survived by her beloved husband of 20 years, Frank J. Zecha of Chelsea. She was the cherished aunt of Jennifer A. Altri and her husband, Eric of Peabody and Patricia A. Peck of Amsterdam, Holland; adored great aunt of Aiden and Broden Altri and dear cousin of Mary Breen and Buzzy Breen.
Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a visitation and Funeral from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Monday July 27 beginning at 8 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. Funeral Home fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit: www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Of Chelsea, formerly of Poland – he lived the American dream
Stefan Tomaszewski passed away on Saturday, July 11 in the peaceful surroundings of his home with his loving family at his side at 80 years of age. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and son and will be missed by all who knew him.
Born in Ksawerow, Poland, Stefan was the only son of the late Stefan Tomaszewski and Zofia (Kruszynska) Kukulska. Stefan’s father was a Polish Army Soldier who was killed in action during Stefan’s infancy. He was raised by his mother and stepfather. The family was interned in a Nazi forced labor camp in Germany during World War II where he endured many hardships until the family was released in 1945. He was repatriated to Poland with his family and at the age of 10, he was enlisted with “Sluzba Polski” (Service for Poland) aiding and working with construction workers rebuilding Polish cities destroyed during the war.
Stefan married the love of his life, his wife, Irene, in 1955. He was later drafted and inducted into the Polish Army. Stefan was employed with the Electric Utility Company in Poland after returning home from his military service.
He was extremely family oriented and very much looked forward to raising his son and daughters with his loving wife on his farm. In the early 1960’s Stefan’s in-laws, Joseph and Stefania Wiatrowski provided sponsorship for him to relocate to America to begin the next chapter in his life.
Stefan was first employed by Kayem Foods and he was soon able to be reunited with his wife and family. He later was employed with the tool and die maker Edel Brown in Chelsea as a quality inspector.
Stefan was living the American dream and after seven short years was able to purchase a home for his family. He was very proud of his success in America. Stefan worked at Edel Brown for 25 years and retired in 1998. He enjoyed work around his home and for a time raised and raced homing pigeons.
Over the ensuing years, motivated to pay forward their kind start, Stefan and Irena hosted many families on their immigration journeys. Two goals helped Stefan to persevere throughout his illnesses, the first was to reach age of 80 and the second, the most important goal, was to celebrate his 60th wedding anniversary with his wife Irene. He successfully achieved both goals. Stefan was the beloved husband of Irene (Wiatrowski) Tomaszewski. He was the devoted father of Thaddeus Tomaszewski and his late wife, Danuta, Grace Antonelli and her husband, David and Diana Wolnicki and her husband, Peter. Stefan was the cherished grandfather of Nadia Pilat and her husband, Richard and Tina Tomaszewski. He is also survived by many loving extended family members in America, Canada and Poland.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Please consider making a donation in Stefan’s memory to St. Stanislaus Church. 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea, MA 02150. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Former truck driver and scholastic hockey coach
Michael J. Lepore passed away on Sunday, July 5 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a long illness. He was 62 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, the beloved son of the late Christopher C. and Ruth L. (Cunio) Lepore, Michael attended local schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School.
Michael worked as teamster and truck driver for Emery Airfreight and Castrol – B.P. Motor Oil companies. He resided for many years in Florida and Canada and resided back home in Chelsea for the past five years. He enjoyed model ship and aircraft building. His great passions were ice hockey and golf. He coached with various high school and college ice hockey teams and was a member of the Teamsters Union, Local 25.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother Christopher A. Lepore. He was the beloved father of Angela Lepore of Chelsea, Jennifer Lepore of Rochester, NY, Kelly Lepore of Texas and Christopher Lepore of Orlando, FL; cherished grandfather of Antonio Reyes-Lepore, Bridget Wehrmeister, Brendan and Kyli Lepore. He was the former husband of Cynthia (McGill) Cormier and Lisa Sindoni Mango and dear friend to Vinny Morano of Revere. He is also survived by his pet companion “Cuervo”.
Funeral services were private. For guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit
Of Middleton, formerly of Chelsea
Barbara C. (Kral) Sabbag died unexpectedly from complications of several health issues on July 10 in the Middleton home she shared with her daughter and son-in-law. She was 81 years old.
A twin girl, she was born in Malden, one of five daughters of the late Harry J. and Irene (Flynn) Kral. She was raised in Chelsea and graduating from St. Rose School and Chelsea High School. A resident of Chelsea for most of her life, she spent the past 13 years in Middleton with her daughter.
Barbara worked as a store manager at the McDonalds Restaurant in Chelsea and later for Burger King in Chelsea and Malden stores. Most recently she worked as a store cashier for Stop and Shop in Danvers for 10 years retiring in 2012.
In her lifetime, she enjoyed playing games of chance, lottery and scratch tickets and excursions to Foxwoods Casino.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her twin sister, Mary E. Solari, Dorothy M. Kral, Irene “Peggy” Norftill and Anna Holmes. She is survived by her loving daughter, Elizabeth E. Glowacki and her husband, Stephen Glowacki of Middleton.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Lifelong Chelsea resident
Charles J. Cameron, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, passed away on July 9 at the Chelsea Soldiers Home after a short illness. He was 66 years old.
Born in Everett, he was the beloved son of the late Charles and Alice Louise Cameron. He was raised in Chelsea, attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1966. He continued his education at Boston State College where he received a Bachelor’s Degree.
He joined the US Army in 1968, was a Vietnam Era veteran and was honorably discharged at the rank of SP5. He began working for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and later went on to work as a truck driver for the City of Chelsea DPW, he completed his career retiring as a chauffeur from Square Cab in Chelsea.
He was an avid “Boston all sports” fan and spent the last 14 years in residence at the Chelsea Soldiers Home.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Donna Marie Grasso. He was the loving brother of Barbara Perry and her husband, Michael of Pelham, NH, Paul Cameron and his wife, Marion of Chelsea, Robert Cameron and his wife, Susan of Reading. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
His Funeral was held from the Cardinal Cushing Pavilion-St. Michael the Archangel Chapel, Chelsea Soldiers Home followed by a Funeral Mass in the Chapel. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit
Kathleen M. (Crosby) Landry-Ottomaniello of Holyoke, formerly of Revere, died following a long illness on July 11 at the Holyoke Health Care Center of Holyoke. She was 69 years old.
Born in Chelsea and raised and educated in Revere, she was a 1963 graduate of Revere High School. “Kathy” also attended the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home School of Nursing and earned a degree in Practical Nursing as an LPN. She worked at the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home for over 20 years. She moved to Holyoke and completed her career until retirement in 2011 at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home. Kathy was a member of the Ladies’ Auxiliary-American legion Post #61 of Revere for several years.
She was the wife of the late Lowell D. Landry and David Ottomaniello; the beloved mother of Lisa A. Landry of Wakefield, Cheryl A. Ottersburg and her husband, John and James D. Landry, all of Holyoke, and Sean J. Landry and his wife, Nicole of Amesbury; the dear sister of: Joseph W Crosby and his wife, Genevieve M. “Jeannie” of South Attleboro, formerly of Revere, Retired Revere Auxiliary Police Deputy James P. Crosby and his wife, Patricia J. of St. Cloud, Florida, formerly of New Bedford and Revere, Robert Crosby and his wife, Sally of Concord, NH and the late Kevin J. Crosby. She is also lovingly survived by her six grandchildren: Alysa, John, Katelyn, Donovan, Trevor and Jacoby and by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside funeral serice at Woodlawn Cemetery, 3302 Elm Street, Everett on Friday, July 24 at 1 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home, 91 Crest Aenue, Chelsea, MA 02150, Attn: Patients’ Actiities Fund.
The staff at the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere was honored to have assisted the family. For more information, visit:www.vertuccioandsmith.com