Hispanic Community Advocate
Elisa Cortes-DeJesus of Saugus died on Oct.1 3.
Born on May 10, 1949 in Arroyo, Puerto Rico, she spent her early years on the island and met her husband, Jose Otero Valentin in the city of Santurce, Puerto Rico. They had two children, Jose Otero Jr. and Elsa Otero. She moved off the island after her divorce and settled in Chelsea in the early 70’s. She worked and put herself through school to earn a Masters Degree in education from Antioch University. She became a social worker and an advocate for the Hispanic community. She was also employed by the city of Chelsea and then by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the Department of Transitional Assistance for many years. She was also involved with the Puerto Rican festival committee for several years.
She lived in Chelsea most of her life and eventually moved to Saugus in 2009 with her husband of 19 years, Jose Ocasio. She was the devoted mother of Jose Otero and his companion, Colleen Lewis and Elsa Otero and her companion, Esteban Caraballo; beloved sister of Maggie Paris and Eduardo Paris, both of Puerto Rico and the late Enrique Paris and Victor DeJesus; cherished grandmother of Angel Andrades, Alexandria Andrades, Cristian Alas, Rosario Alas and Dante Otero. She is also lovingly survived by her great grandson, Xavier Ferreira as well as many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are kindly invited to attend her Funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea today, Thursday, Oct. 18 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 10 o’clock. Services will conclude with interment at Riverside Cemetery, Saugus. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions in her name be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty Street, Danvers, MA 01923.
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Former Clerk Supervisor at the Chelsea Memorial Hospital (now MGH), long active in the Chelsea Polish Community
Irene F. (Flower) Tkaczuk passed away Monday morning, Oct. 15 at the Rosewood Nursing Center in Peabody after a long, chronic illness. She was 89 years old.
The daughter of the late Louis and Frances (Weslowski) Flower, Irene was born and raised in Chelsea. She attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1947.
She was the beloved wife of John A. Tkaczuk of Peabody, with whom she shared 71 years of marriage. Together they raised their family in Chelsea until moving to Peabody, which is where they have resided for the last 17 years.
Irene dedicated 23 years as a clerk supervisor at the former Chelsea Memorial Hospital which later became the MGH. Overseeing the billing and accounts receivable, she retired in 1986. Irene was the President, Past President, State Officer, and Sgt. at Arms of the P.A.V. Post 13 of Chelsea. As a 70-year member, she earned her gold star membership of the Polish Falcons. Irene is a late member of the St. Stanislaus Church in Chelsea. She and her husband were involved in many of the Church’s organizations over the years. During her retirement, Irene enjoyed polka dancing with her husband and spending time at their winter residence in Port St. Lucie, Florida. She will be greatly missed by all of her family.
The devoted mother of Frances Tkaczuk of Mashpee, Paula Kordis and her husband Ted of Peabody and the late Frederick “Fred” Tkaczuk, she was the dear sister of Wanda Carroccino of Lynn, sister-in-law of the late Joseph Carroccino and is also survived by three grandchildren: Matthew, John Andrew, and Christopher Kordis, all of Swampscott.
Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend her funeral and family visitation at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, Oct. 19 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. immediately 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. The Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home.
Should friends desire, contributions in Irene’s memory may be made to Care Dimensions 75 Sylvan St., B-102 Danvers, MA 01923 and/or Catholic TV P.O. Box 9196 Watertown, MA 02471. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com
A new function hall is slated to open at the site of the former Polish American Veterans Hall at 35 Fourth Street.
At its most recent meeting, the licensing commission approved restaurant and entertainment licenses for the proposed hall.
The applicant, Emiliana Fiesta, LLC, also applied for a wine and beer license, but will have to wait until there is an available license in the city. However, one-day liquor licenses can be granted for the weddings, birthday parties, and other functions planned for the facility.
The Polish American hall had a capacity of over 500 occupants for the two floors of the building. But based on concerns voiced by police officials, the licensing commission approved the restaurant license with a capacity of 250 occupants, limiting the functions to one level of the building, while the basement level can only be used for storage and kitchen purposes. The owners will also install licenses at all entrances on both floors of the building.
Even with the limitations on use, police Captain Keith Houghton said he was wary that the use of the building could tip from being a function hall to operating as a full-blown night club.
“This is going to be a challenge,” said Houghton, who also requested that the opaque outside of the building be replaced with clear windows and that a floor plan be provided to police and the licensing committee.
Broadway resident Paul Goodhue said he also had concerns about the proposal.
“I’ve watched the police clean up that corner of Fourth and Broadway,” he said. “You’re going to be opening up a can of worms if that ends up being a nightclub.”
Commission member Roseann Bongiovanni said she understood the concerns of the police and neighbors.
“We do not want this to turn into a nightclub, that’s not an appropriate function,” she said.
But with the proper conditions in place, Bongiovanni said the new owners of the building should have the chance to give the function hall a go.
“They bought (the building) with the same use,” Bongiovanni said. “I feel like we should give them a shot.”
Licensing Commission Chairman James Guido also stipulated that live bands can perform during functions only and that for functions of over 100 people, a police detail should be requested.
The approved hours for the function hall are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays.
Pablo Jose Villeda
Pablo Jose Villeda, beloved son of Mara Estrada and Oscar Villeda, died tragically early Saturday morning. He was 19 years old.
Pablo was born in Guatemala, came to Chelsea 16 years ago and attended local schools. He played football from an early age with Chelsea Pop-Warner Football and he also participated in Chelsea Little League. Pablo recently graduated from Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School where he studied carpentry and played high school football.
In addition to his parents, Mara and Oscar, he is survived by two brothers Oscar and Javier Villeda, both at home and is also survived by His maternal grandparents Mario and Lidia Estrada of Chelsea, his paternal grandparents Aricely and Javier Villeda of Guatemala and by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, family and friends.
Visiting hours will be held at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Monday, March 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea on Tuesday March 15 at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend and are invited to meet at the church on Tuesday morning. Services will conclude with Interment at Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit:
Bonnie Emma Arsenault
Retired Registered Nurse
Bonnie Emma Arsenault, a Chelsea resident and retired RN, passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on March 5 after long ongoing illnesses. She was 66 years old.
Born in Chelsea, the beloved daughter of the late Peter Bleile and Lillian E. (Hessenflow) Tewksbury, she grew up in Skowhegan, Maine where she attended school and graduated from Skowhegan High School.
As a young lady she returned to Chelsea, married Joseph Arsenault in 1967 and began raising her family of two daughters and one son. She was accepted into the school of nursing at the Chelsea Soldiers Home becoming an LPN at the Quigley Memorial Hospital. She continued her education attending Bunker Hill Community College in the 70’s and received her Associate Degree in Nursing and soon became an RN. She continued to work at the hospital in the surgical medical department until its closing in the 80’s. She completed her 30 year career at the home’s Alzheimer’s dementia ward and retired in 2014.
In her lifetime, Bonnie enjoyed summer vacations at the family camp in Sanford, Maine. She loved to travel, enjoying excursions to London and Paris, Alaskan Cruises and trips to Disneyworld and relished it when her trips received unexpected upgrades.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Joseph Arsenault of Chelsea. She was the devoted mother of Elizabeth Rullo and her husband, Edward of Chelsea, Dawn Snyderman and her husband, Martin of Swampscott, Joseph Arsenault II and his lady, Lauren Heeley of Revere; cherished grandmother of Edward Rullo, Bonnie Natola, Bianca Rullo and Kaitlin Snyderman and the dear sister of Edward Bleile of Wiscasset, Maine and the late Janice and Robert Johnson.
Her funeral service will be conducted from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday March 11 at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home.
Best Known as everyone’s “Babci”
Sophie Siuda of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died peacefully March 5. She was 100 years old.
Sophie was born on January 30, 1916 in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Antoni and Agnes (Konopka) Kupczewski. She was raised in Chelsea and attended St. Stanislaus and Williams Schools. She married Vincent Siuda in September of 1935 and together they raised their children in her family home on Howell Court.
Mrs. Siuda was a devoted homemaker and mother. She worked outside of her home at The Soldiers’ Home of Chelsea and was also an active member of the Polish American Veteran’s Post 13. Ladies Aux. (PAV), the Polish Political Club (PPC) and the Polish Falcons – Nest 485. She was also a lifelong parishioner of St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Church in Chelsea. Sophie was best known for being everyone’s Babci, “grandmother” in Polish. She was happiest when taking care of her family, traveling, gardening, sewing and playing cards. She enjoyed cooking for everyone, especially making her gałumpkis and chruścikis.
She was the devoted wife of the late Vincent Siuda for 53 years until his passing in 1989. She was the adored mother of Thomas Siuda and his wife, Flavia of Methuen, Leonard and his wife, Carol of Middleton and the late Stephen Siuda and his late wife, Helen; the loving grandmother of Darlene Siuda of Chelsea, Mark Siuda and his wife, Annette of Chelsea, Kathleen Todisco and her husband, Pasquale of Peabody, Stephen Siuda and his wife, Charlotte of Lynn, Jennifer Scott and her husband, Michael of Methuen, Thomas Siuda of Walpole and Lauren D’Addario and her husband, Glenn of Danvers and the late Linda Siuda-Valentin and her late husband, Luis. She was also the doting great grandmother of 16 and great-great grandmother of nine! She was the dear sister of Caroline Mendalka and her husband, Edward of Chelsea, Dorothy Wilton of Derry, NH; the late Mary Iwanicki, Henry Kupczewski, Joseph Kupczewski, Thaddeus Kupczewski, Anne Mahoney, Genevieve Karczewski, Hedwig Heinis, Helen Wiers, Florence Carlan and Frances “Nancy” Leonard. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, friends and caregivers.
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours Friday, March 11 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea. Her funeral will begin Saturday, March 12 from the funeral home at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.
Of Allston, formerly of Revere
Virginia Perez passed away unexpectedly in her home in Allston on March 1. She was 62 years old.
Born in Boston she grew up in Revere, one of six children of the late James Wm. Morgan Jr. and the recently deceased Janice B. (Primmer) Morgan. Virginia attended public schools in Revere and graduated from Revere High School. She lived in Revere for most of her life before making her home in Allston for the past eight years.
She was the loving wife of the late Ronald Perez; beloved mother of Michael A. Morgan and his wife, Dorothy of Revere; loved grandmother of Michael and Catherine Morgan, both at home in Revere; dear sister of Michael Morgan and his wife, Dorothy of Saugus, Janice Morgan of Colorado, Susan Morgan of Florida, and her late husband, Frank Lentini, Trish Martinez and her husband, Fernando, of New York and James W. Morgan III. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins and by her feline companion “Olive.”
A visitation and vigil prayer service was held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.
Former dietician at the Soldiers Home
Helen A. Arnold passed away peacefully on March 5 at the Wingate Healthcare Facility in Haverhill. She was 92 years old.
Helen was born and raised in Chelsea and worked as a dietician at the Soldiers Home as a young woman until she married her beloved late husband, George H. Arnold.
She is survived by their four children: Lee Erickson and her husband, Larry of Hampstead, NH; George S. Arnold and his wife, Mary Jane of Rockport, Freddie Arnold and his wife, Cheryl of Pembroke MA. and Gail Arnold Martin of Sandown, NH.
She was the daughter of the late Harry M. Ells Sr. and Mary Jane (Conley) Ells and raised from age 12 by her second mother, the late Alice (Ingvaldsen) Ells. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Raymond Erickson and his wife, Lisa of San Antonio, Tx., Jill Luczkow and her husband, Chris of East Kingston, NH, Chad Erickson and his wife, Dawn of Westfield, MA, Amy Goulart and her husband, Rick of Gloucester, Jonathan Arnold and his wife, Andria of Essex, Ashley Poirier and her husband, Stephen of Goffstown, NH, Paige Martin of Gloucester, Alec and Aiden Lynch of Pembroke and nine great-grandchildren: Morgan, Sam, Braden, Mason, Bella, Ty, Shane, Vivian and Natalie. She is also survived by two brothers and two sisters: Harry Ells Jr. and his wife, Claire of Chelsea, Charles Ells and his wife, Joan of Chelsea, Pauline Mahoney and her husband, Frank of Nahant and Marie Ells of Chelsea
She was preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters-in-law: John Ells (survived by his wife, Hazel), Francis and Jean Ells, William and Marie Ells; Andrew Ells (survived by his wife Rita) and Robert Ells. She also leaves many, many nieces and nephews in the Ells family and the Arnold/Arsenault family.
Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Contributions in her name may be made to: Brookhaven Hospice, 6 Beech St, Framingham MA 01702 where comfort and solace was provided to both Helen and her children.
Loved art, drawing and tattoo flash
Kevin P. Vaillancourt passed away unexpectedly at home on February 24. He was 34 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea with his brother, he was the son of Kathleen (Klimek) Paul of Chelsea and Al Vaillancourt Jr. of Lynn. He was predeceased by his step father, John Paul who with Kay raised him. Kevin attended public schools in Chelsea and graduated from Northeast Metro Vocational High School. He had a love of art, drawing and tattoo flash in which he loved to share with his friends.
He is survived by his two beautiful daughters, Alana Julia and Lily Rose and their mother, Marcia Lorena of Vitoria Brasil, his brother Chad Vaillancourt of Everett and his grandmother, Mary Vaillancourt of Danvers. He also leaves his niece and godchild Makaila Vaillancourt of Woburn and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a memorial gathering and visitation at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday, March 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite the funeral home.
John Kanarkiewicz, Sr.
Retired Chelsea Fire Fighter
John H. Kanarkiewicz, Sr., a retired Chelsea Fire Fighter, passed away at the Pilgrim Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Peabody on March 4 after several weeks of declining health. He was 84 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, he was a lifelong resident of the city. He attended St. Stanislaus Parochial School and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. He married the former Sophie T. Domoretsky and together raised three children; Rosemarie, John H. Jr, and Frank D. Kanarkiewicz. John was appointed to the Chelsea Fire Dept. in 1961. He worked for the department for 30 years at various duty assignments, among which were Fire Prevention Inspector and Ladder 2 Tillerman. He retired in 1992.
During his time in fire service he advanced his education attending Bunker Hill Community College. He was a member of the Cary Square Association and was a late member of Chelsea Fire Fighters Union Local 937.
He is survived by his beloved wife Sophie T. (Domoretsky) Kanarkiewicz of Chelsea. He was the devoted father of Rosemarie Miller and her husband, Gary of Lynnfield, John H. Kanarkiewicz, Jr. of Chelsea and Frank D. Kanarkiewicz and his wife, Joanne of Peabody; cherished grandfather of Dennis and Sara Kanarkiewicz, Adrienne Manes and her husband, Aaron and adored great-grandfather of Caroline Manes; dear brother of Helen Delaney of Malden, the late Jeanette Marcinkus, Jessie Hine, Sophie Engebretson, Catherine Martin, Walter, Stanley and Francis Kanarkiewicz.
His Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home 718 Broadway Chelsea today, Thursday March 10, at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea at 9:30 a.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to The Alzheimer’s Assoc. 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.
LFCFL resident Joseph Bach and his wife, Irene, last Thursday at Joseph’s 107th birthday party in the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea. The family settled in Everett in 1951 after surviving the Holocaust during World War II.
When Leonard Florence enter for Living (LFCFL) resident Joseph Bach was born, the Model T car was a brand new idea and William Howard Taft had recently surged to victory.
In between those days and now, Bach – who celebrated his 107th birthday with family at his new home in the LFCFL in Chelsea – saw two World Wars and the Industrial Revolution ramp up and then scale back, not to mention the advent of the digital age in recent years.
Bach’s story is quite amazing – and one of a survivor.
According to family members, he grew up in Lvov, Poland and was a victim of the Holocaust there.
“He and his wife, Irene, were both Holocaust survivors in Poland,” said his grandson, Matthew Bloch. “They weren’t in concentration camps, but they had to hide in plain site. My grandmother changed the religion on her birth certificate and began going to Catholic Masses. My grandfather was actually arrested by the Russian police at one point and spent time in a Gulag in Siberia. He apparently escaped from there and made it back to Poland across Siberia by foot and by train and by whatever other means necessary.”
Said his daughter, Anita Bloch, “If he could survive the Holocaust and survive an escape through Siberia, he can certainly survive beyond 107 years old. That’s his secret.”
Bach, a quiet man, only had this to say about his longevity, “C’est La Vie!”
Family members said Bach met his wife, Irene, after the war as the two were headed over the Polish border into Austria. While in Salzburg, they were married and had their first daughter.
In 1951, they left Austria and came to the United States – going through New York City and landing in Everett. They lived in Everett until moving to the Jack Satter House on Revere Beach a few years ago, a home Irene still keeps.
“He is a great man and has always been quiet and modest,” said Anita. “My parents spoke Polish around the house and they still do. My father also speaks German, Italian and French. Both of my parents worked until they were in their 80s. My father was in the garment industry, he sold real estate and he even had an ice cream stand. He dabbled in a little bit of everything and didn’t stop until he was in his 80s.”
Anita Bloch said she and her sister grew up in Everett, graduating Everett High School and attending the YMCA in Chelsea. By all accounts they had the typical upbringing of almost any kid in the area, but they knew that their parents had lived through some extraordinary times.
“My father never started talking about any of these experiences until he was 80,” she said. “We’re still unraveling a lot of it. It was difficult for them in the beginning. They had to learn a new language and get used to a new place and put the war behind them. Their circle of friends were mainly other Holocaust survivors because they shared that common bond. It was hard on him. He still feels at times that someone is watching him or people are coming to get him. He’s still afraid.”
However, on his birthday last Weds., Nov. 4, and at his party last Thursday, Nov. 5, Bach didn’t seem to be afraid of much – smiling and talking freely with friends and the media.
In fact, Bach made 107 look pretty casual – though it is anything but.
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LFCFL resident Joseph Bach and his wife, Irene, last Thursday at Joseph’s 107th birthday party in the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea. The family settled in Everett in 1951 after surviving the Holocaust during World War II.
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Joseph and Irene Bach (in front) with family members (L-R) Anita Bloch, Matthew Bloch, Michael Bloch and Donald Fayman.
Retired Kayem Meat Cutter; Forced Laborer in Germany During World War II; Fought Communism as Member of Polish Resistance; Joined the US Army and Became a US Citizen
Edward K. Wolnicki passed away on Friday, August 1 at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston after a long illness. He was 86 years old.
Born Kazimierez Wolnicki, he was raised in Paszczew, Poland, the youngest child of eight children born to the late Peter and Mariana (Lebek) Wolnicki.
He received his early education in Poland. Shortly after the outbreak of World War II, he was taken from his home as a young boy to work in the forced labor camps in Germany. After the wa,r he remained in Germany working as a mason during post war reconstruction.
Soon he joined with others in the Polish Resistance Army, opposing communism in his homeland and assisting the US Army in German.
He was offered the opportunity to enlist in the US Army in Manheim / Seckenheim, Germany on his way to gain US Citizenship. While in the army he adopted the name of Edward.
During his enlistment he was transferred stateside and stationed at Ft. Devens, MA.
He enjoyed his leave time from the base attending socials at the Polish American Citizens Club in So Boston. It was there he met his future wife, Zofia Lukusiak.
He completed his education in the United States and attended college for two years under the GI Bill. He was honorably discharged from the US Army as a US Citizen at the rank of sp4 in 1960.
He married Zofia “Sophie” and together they settled in Chelsea raising their own two children. Edward was employed for 35 years by KAYEM Foods, working in the plant as a Meat Cutter, retiring at the age of 67.
He was a member of; the Polish Falcons, Polish Political Club and the PAV Post 13, all in Chelsea and a parishioner and communicant at St. Stanislaus Church in Chelsea.
He was the beloved husband of 54 years to Zofia “Sophie” Wolnicki; devoted father of Peter Wolnicki and his wife, Diana of Salem, NH and Janina Tassone and her husband, Albert R. Jr. of Billerica; cherished grandfather of Isabella and AJ Tassone.He was preceded in death by two sisters and five brothers in Poland.
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
Franklin ‘Al’ Nolan
US Postal Service Retiree
Franklin J. “Al” Nolan , a 60 year resident of Revere, died on Saturday, August 2 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home following a long illness. He was 88 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, he came to live in Revere more than 60 years ago. “Al” retired from the US Postal Service in 1990 as a mail carrier in Medford. He was a member of the Retired Postal Workers Union.
He was a graduate of St. Rose Catholic High School of Chelsea, Class of 1944. Immediately following graduation, in June of 1944, he entered the US Navy and served as a Radioman 3rd Class until June of 1946.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Margaret J. (Donovan) Nolan. He was the dear brother of Robert Nolan of Kansas City, Missouri and the late John W. Nolan, Joseph R. “Ritchie” Nolan, Claire F. Nolan and Eleanor Baczewski. He is also lovingly survived by his sister in law, Mary K. “Kay” Nolan of South Weymouth, his brother in law, Retired Revere Fire Lt. Anthony V. Pesce, Sr. of Revere and by many dedicated and faithful nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Thursday, August 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. His Funeral will be conducted from the Funeral Home on Friday, August 8 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church (corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue) Revere at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For more information, please visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com
Wife of Late Chelsea Mayor and State Rep. John Slater, Jr.
Natalie M. (Fothergill) Slater, a longtime Chelsea resident, passed away on Saturday August 2 after living with Parkinson’s Disease for several years. She was 83 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the only child of the late James and Lillian (DeYoung) Fothergill. Natalie attended Our Lady of the Assumption Parochial School in Chelsea and was a graduate of St. Rose Catholic High School.
She was married to Chelsea native Atty. John J. Slater Jr. and during a nine year span they had a family of six children to raise. Natalie devoted her life to home and working behind the scenes as a politician’s wife, assisting her husband’s political career, consisting of terms as an alderman-at-large, three terms as a distinguished Chelsea Mayor and one term as a State Representative.
Since 1961, the family would spend their summers on Cape Cod in Dennisport. Being at the beach was a place she enjoyed for all those years, up to and including last summer.
Her husband “Jack” passed away in 1998 and two years later, she took residence in Lynnfield with her daughter, Cathy.
An avid beach goer, Natalie also enjoyed physical activities, especially bowling. She was the past president and co-captain of the former OLA Bowling League.
She was the devoted mother of Atty. John J. Slater III and his wife, Ann of Hingham, Nancy Slater of Shrewsbury, James Slater of So. Yarmouth, Cathy Slater of Lynnfield, Jerard Slater and his wife, Nancy of Chelsea and Patrice Slater and her husband, John Carolan of Lynnfield; cherished grandmother of Meaghan Slater, Kara Slater, Caroline Slater and Sarah Ann Slater, Jack Carolan and Harry Carolan.
Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea, today, Thursday, August 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 Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit: www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Longtime Marblehead Resident
Lucille Sevinor, formerly of Marblehead, died at the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea on August 1. She was 96 years old.
Lucille was born on June 5, 1918 in Brockton and at age six moved to Hyde Park. She was the daughter of the late Abraham Mezansky and Dorothy (Block) Mezansky and resided in Marblehead for most of her life.
She was the devoted and loving wife of the late Leo Sevinor with whom she shared 71 years of marriage. They married in 1941 and within three months theeafter, Leo was drafted into the US Army and served as an infantryman and sharpshooter in the Phillipines. In all, he served five years in the US Army during which time they were apart. He received numerous medals including the Phillipine Liberation Ribbon and the Bronze Service Star.
Lucille was a member of Temple Israel in Swampscott and Congregation Shirat Hayam. She was a lifelong member of Temple Israel’s Sisterhood, the Marblehead-Swampscott Chapter of Hadassah and a volunteer at Salem Hospital.
Lucille was the devoted and loving mother of Dr. Sheldon Sevinor and Ruthann Sevinor and Ralph and Meryle Sevinor and Gary Sevinor and his wife, Lydia. She was the adored grandmother to Cara Fineman and her husband, David Sobol, Jared Sevinor and Jordan Sevinor; the loving great grandmother to Alexa, Dylan and Gavin Sobol of Wellesley. She was also the cherished sister of Jeanette and Alan Ablow, the late Bernard Mason and Eugene Mezansky.
“LUCILLE HAD A KNACK FOR MAKING EVERYBODY WHO CAME INTO HER LIFE FEEL IMPORTANT, BEAUTIFUL AND CHERISHED. THERE WAS NO ONE LIKE HER AND THERE NEVER WILL BE”, SAID DR. SEVINOR.
Mrs. Sevinor’s Funeral was held at Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, Swampscott, on August 3. Internment was at the Temple Israel Section of Congregation Shirat Hayam Cemetery on Lowell Street in Peabody. Shiva was held at Woodbridge Assisted Living in Peabody following the interment.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Lucille’s Memory may be donated to All Care Hospice, Development Office, 210 Market St., Lynn, Massachusetts 01901.
Joan ‘Joanie’ Constantino
Devoted to Home and Family
Joan M. “Joanie” (Sheehan) Constantino, a longtime Chelsea resident and beloved mother of six, passed away at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading where she had been receiving palliative care for the last several weeks. She was 79 years old.
Born and raised in East Boston and Everett, the beloved daughter of the late John L. and Mary M. (Whalen) Sheehan, she married Nicholas Constantino and settled in East Boston to raise her family of two sons and four daughters.
She worked briefly outside of her home but was mostly devoted to home and family. Her husband passed in 1975 leaving her a young single mother. She moved to Chelsea in 1976 and remained in Chelsea since that time.
She enjoyed playing Bingo, visiting at the Chelsea Senior Center and spending much time with her children and grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, Joanie was also predeceased by a son, Gary Payne, a sister Charlotte “Patsy” Gautreau and 10 days ago, another sister, Mary “Theresa” Granara also preceded her. She is survived by her beloved children and their spouses; Joseph D. Constantino of Chelsea, Nicholas L. Constantino and his wife, Donna of Danvers, Maria Constantino of Wakfield, Janice Constantino-Emerson and her husband, Scott of Peabody, Stacy Constantino-Lavalle and her husband, Anthony of Peabody, Tracy Constantino-Nowicki and her husband, Paul of Chelsea and she was also the mother of the late Gary Payne. She was the dear sister of Helen LePage of Winthrop, Eileen Coppola of California and John “Jackie” Sheehan of Saugus and is also survived by 12 grandchildren, one great grandchild and by many nieces and nephews.
Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, August 8 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m.
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Of Saugus, formerly of Chelsea and Revere
Grayce J. (Murphy) Borgatti of Saugus, a Chelsea native who lived in Revere for 25 years and in Chelsea for over 50 years, died on July 30 at Epoch Center of Melrose following a long illness. She was 87 years old.
Born in Chelsea, she was a 1944 graduate of Revere High School. She moved to Chelsea when she married and remained here for over 50 years.
Her beloved late husband, Louis F. Borgatti died in September of 2004. She was a dedicated mother of four children: Richard L. Borgatti and his wife, Belinda of Revere, Linda M. Borgatti-DiCarlo and her husband, Dennis of Stoneham, Thomas F. Borgatti and his wife, Marie and Nancy A. Krouse and her husband, Phillip, all of Peabody. She was the dear sister of Joanne Reppucci of Revere and the late Robert F. and Paul E. Murphy. She is also lovingly surviced by 13 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant st., Watertown, MA 02472. For more information, visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com