The School Committee elected Richard
Maronski as its new chair during its first meeting of 2019 at City Hall.
Maronski, who has been a member of the committee for three-and-half years, succeeds Jeanette
Velez, who held the position for the past three years.
“I’m honored to be selected by my colleagues
to lead the School Committee in the coming year,” said Maronski. “I want to
thank Jeannette for her leadership and the commitment he has shown to the
students in Chelsea.”
The son of Ann Maronski and the late Charles
Maronski, Richard is well known in the community. He was the Chelsea High star
quarterback who led coach Bob Fee’s Red Devils to an amazing come-from-behind
34-26 victory over Everett in the 1980 Thanksgiving game. Maronski threw
touchdown passes to Paul Driscoll to spark Chelsea’s rally from a 20-0 deficit.
Some fans call it the greatest game in the long history of the Chelsea-Everett
series that ended in 1989.
Several members of Richard’s family
graduated from Chelsea High School, including several uncles and aunts,
brothers and sisters, in a time period that ranged from the 1930s to 1990s. His
popular sister, Patricia Maronski Yee, was a CHS cheerleader and graduated in
1990. Richard graduated in 1982.
“I’m very proud of my family’s long history
of attending Chelsea schools,” said Maronski. ‘Everyone received a good, solid
all-around education and each has fond memories of their positive experiences
in the Chelsea schools. In particular, my father loved Chelsea. He was there
the day we beat Everett on Thanksgiving.”
Maronski also served as president of the
Chelsea Youth Basketball League and coached two teams in the league. He was
also the CHS freshman boys basketball coach.
A former Chelsea city councillor, Maronski
has established his priorities for the new year.
“My first priority is to form a committee of
Chelsea residents to help select a new school superintendent (Supt. of Schools
Dr. Mary Bourque has announced that she will be retiring from the position),”
said Maronski. “We are working with the Collins Center at UMass in the
Maronski would also like to address the
issue of Chelsea teachers leaving the school system for positions in other
“We have a high turnover in teachers in the
Chelsea schools,” said Maronski. “I’d like to see more stability in our
Maronski said the School Committee meets the
first Thursday (7 p.m.) of every month. He welcomes parents to attend the
meetings and speak during the public portion.
Committee elected Julio Hernandez as vice chair of the board.
The greatest legacy of Elaine Marie Richard was seated in the front rows
at the Our Lady of Grace Church.
The four loving and devoted sons, Ken, Jim, Jack, and Edward – these four
scholar-athletes, all graduates of Chelsea High School and the best
universities in the nation – led a beautiful tribute to their beautiful mother.
When it came time to encapsulate all that Mrs. Richard had meant to her
family and the great example she had set for her children and the family, it
was Jack Richard, who stepped to the lectern to deliver the eulogy.
A brilliant, personable man who excelled at Tufts University and Boston
College Law School, Jack rose to the occasion with words that showcased the
richness of his talents.
“Before I speak for my brothers, I should first speak for my mother,” he
began. “Many of you here today have been so good to her through the years, and
I know she would want me to begin by thanking you all and by telling you how
much she and we appreciate all your kindnesses to her big and small.”
Jack told the assemblage that the day truly was “a celebration of life, a
full life very well-lived and filled with great joys, but also marked by great
Jack said their mother grew up in a
big triple decker in Chelsea “in a house full of family and faith” where she
was doted on by her older sister, Marjorie, and brother, Edward.
Elaine Doherty Richard was an
excellent student herself and graduated at the top of her class at the St. Rose
“When Elaine Doherty, that cute little girl, grew to become a beautiful
young woman, she met the one and only love of her life,” said Jack. “Ken
Richard was talented, handsome, strong, and as we kids would say, ‘wicked
Elaine Doherty and Kenneth Richard married when she was 22. “The four of
us were always so proud of both of our parents,” said Jack.
The four boys were born five years apart. Mrs. Richard would prepare meals
for her four sons and her husband each day. She would send her sons off each
morning to Our Lady of Grace School. The boys did their homework at night at
the dining room table with the assistance of their mother.
“But day after day, every day, Elaine Richard did it all with grace and
with cheer,” said Jack. “All in all, our mom, against all the odds at that time
and place, she succeeded. She was proud to say she went 4-for-4 with her sons.”
But just as Elaine and Kenneth Richard “were about to enjoy all the
benefits of their work – with all four kids in college, they were finally about
to get some well-deserved time together for themselves, my young and healthy
dad passed away suddenly,” related Jack. “My mother’s sweet and happy world was
crushed. She was only 44 years old.”
Following the death of her husband, Elaine Richard “never quit on life and
she soldiered on, and day by day, year by year, she built a new life and she
taught us a lesson in grace and in perseverance, a truly good example.”
“If you know my brothers and me,” then you know Elaine Richard,” said
Jack. He praised his brothers, “Ken, who was thrust in to the role of the man
of the house when he was just a college kid, protective of us all and the most
solid dependable man there is; Jim, a deeply spiritual man whose faith and his
family are the very center of his life; and Ed, the best guy with the biggest
heart who would do anything for you, but also with the strongest will of anyone
I’ve ever known. We are what we are because of her.”
Jack Richard said this Christmas their mother gave the family “the most
important gift and lesson.”
“She taught us how to die,” said Jack. “For two weeks, we had all been
taking turns at her bedside, just as she had done with us so many times when we
were sick as children. We got to say how much we loved each other. We held her
hand and we told her how good she was. She spoke of how this family she had
built would live on, in us, in her 12 grandchildren, in her five
Elaine Doherty Richard died on Christmas day. She was 86 years old. She
will be missed.
The Chelsea Fire Department welcomes local families to a free Open House on Saturday, October 13, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The open house, sponsored by Papa Gino’s, is aimed at teaching families fire safety and prevention practices. The Chelsea Fire Department Open House will be held at 307 Chestnut St.
This open house commemorates National Fire Safety week. Participants will receive safety tips such as “stop, drop and roll”, learn how to plan escape routes and how to crawl safely through a smoke-filled room. In addition, Papa Gino’s, the Dedham, Mass.-based pizza chain, will provide free pizza and children’s fire safety activity sheets at the open house.
“This open house event allows us to reach out to the community and arm local families with fire safety tips and procedures,” said Chief Leonard Albanese.
Papa Gino’s is celebrating its 24th anniversary of sponsoring fire safety open houses throughout New England to encourage families to learn about fire safety.
For more information about the Chelsea Fire Department open house, call Deputy Chief Richard Perisie at (617)466-4620.
The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation awarded $2.4 million to Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) to establish the Early College program at BHCC, marking the largest private grant awarded in the College’s history.
The announcement was made in Chelsea Wednesday afternoon at an event celebrating the early college designation to Chelsea High School’s Early College program by the Baker-Polito Administration. Board Members from the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation joined Governor Charlie Baker to see firsthand the impact of Early College. At the event, Governor Baker and the legislators in attendance heard from four Chelsea High School students who shared how their experiences in the program influenced their decision to pursue a college-level program.
Transformation to a Consolidated Early College Model
The funding from the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation allows BHCC to consolidate its Early College efforts into a core model that anticipates growth in scale and performance, as well as distillation and dissemination of its promising practices to the field. The $2.4 million grant covers a three-year project horizon, and will serve more than 500 high school students, coming from a portfolio of partnerships with high school and community-based organizations in Greater Boston.
“We are so thankful to the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation for this extraordinary grant. It allows us to consolidate and scale our early work, to gather data and evidence of success and to make a strong case to the leaders of the Commonwealth that Early College is a viable and scalable solution to talent and economic development,” said BHCC President Pam Eddinger.
An early adopter of Early College, BHCC currently collaborates with seven high schools and community-based organizations, serving nearly 500 early college students in addition to almost 400 participants in dual enrollment. Increasing demand and initial successes with traditionally underserved students and the potential for greater educational equity and student achievement pressed the College to consolidate the Early College efforts into a core model and make it central to the College’s Mission. The grant supports the Early College effort exactly at this important inflection point and gives the College the financial and structural lift to reach the next level of success.
“The Foundation’s Board of Trustees is pleased to be partnering with one of the Commonwealth’s leading community colleges to bring a transformative model proven in other states to Greater Boston. By bridging high school and college experiences, Early College will help many students graduate from high school ready to succeed in college and enjoy the benefits of the Commonwealth’s strong economy,” said Lynne Doblin, Executive Director of The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation.
Early College: A Cross-Segment Convergence in Education Strategy
This important work signals a convergence of new thinking from education leaders and policymakers around the State.
“An important goal of the Early College program is exposing students to college-level work while they are still in high school so they can envision themselves on a track toward a college degree,” said Governor Baker at Wednesday’s event. “The college-level experience, combined with the credits they earn in the courses, sets many students up for success by the time they arrive on a campus.”
The Secretary of Education, the Board of Higher Education and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education all support the effort to recognize Early College work by awarding designations to strong partnerships around the Commonwealth, with the promise of sustainable funding in the near future. These designations, of which BHCC is a part, will stimulate experimentation, document effective practice and demonstrate impact.
The standard-setting work of BHCC’s Early College will be a powerful proof point, and the data to be gathered over the next three years will provide strong evidence as to the efficacy of Early College as a way to increase high school graduation and college completion and broaden career exploration.
Richard Feinberg, a beloved Chelsea High School teacher and a member of a longtime and well-known Chelsea family, died unexpectedly Monday. He was 70.
The son of the late Julius “Moxie” Feinberg and Helen (Bulafkin) Feinberg, Richard, or “Richie” as many knew him, grew up in Chelsea and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1965. He was the wise and witty older brother to whom Stuart and Ralph looked for guidance and support. In fact, Stuart and Ralph followed their brother in to sports while Stuart again took the track of his brother in to high school basketball officiating.
At CHS, Mr. Feinberg was a popular, civics teacher who took an interest in his students’ aspirations and goals beyond the classroom.
“He’s my all-time, favorite teacher,” said Robert Brooks, CHS Class of 1981, who was among the many people who attended graveside services Tuesday for Richard Feinberg. “He was wonderful. He taught me so many great lessons in school and just about growing up in Chelsea. Even after I graduated and I wasn’t sure what direction I would take in life, he kept in touch with me and advised me. I had to be here today to honor Mr. Feinberg.”
Councillor-at-Large Leo Robinson knew the Feinberg family well while growing up in Chelsea.
“Richie was a really good friend who gave back to our community,” said Robinson. “He and his father were instrumental at the Chelsea YMHA. I remember Richie refereeing in the Wild Animal League and he was always professional and fair in his calling of the games. Chelsea has a lot a great guy and another key figure in our city’s history.”
State Secretary of Housing and Economic Jay Ash, a former basketball star at CHS and Clark University, said that Richie Feinberg was a positive influence during his life.
“He was a mentor of mine, an influential character during my lifetime,” said Ash. “He was a tremendous educator and loved politics and loved community.I stayed in touch with him after high school and college and after being city manager. As secretary, I had the opportunity to speak to his class at Bunker Hill Community College. He loved politics and loved to be in the middle of everything. This is a big loss for all of us.”
Following his years as a teacher at Chelsea High, Richie went on to work at Northeast Regional Vocational High School in Wakefield and to serve as an adjunct professor of government at Bunker Hill Community College. He shared a love of education with his wife, Laural, who was a highly respected educator in the Lynn school system for 35 years. The Feinbergs have one daughter, Julie Lucas, of Lynn, and two grandchildren, Dylan and Kyle
A top basketball referee
Richie was also well respected on the high school basketball scene as both an outstanding referee and the dedicated commissioner of the Dual County League. He enjoyed mentoring new members of the basketball refereeing fraternity.
“I refereed with Richard and it was a great experience – he knew how to handle a game,” said Mike Muchmore, past president of IAABO Board 130. “He was my mentor. He’s the first commissioner that gave me a varsity game. He was meticulous. He would call every referee and ask them how things went.”
Paul Halloran, also a past president of IAABO Board 130 and a well-established college referee, said Richie’s expertise and goodwill extended beyond the basketball court.
“Richard was a well-rounded guy with expertise in many areas: antiques, basketball officiating, horse racing, politics, poker,” said Halloran. “He could engage in a thoughtful, thorough conversation on any of them at any tume. He was a real character and he will be sorely missed.”
Richie served on the Swampscott School Committee for 15 years, receiving a strong, town-wide vote in each election. Stuart Feinberg said politics was one of his brother’s passions.
“He loved Chelsea and politics was his baby,” said Stuart. “He was on the Swampscott School Committee and loved politics in general. He also loved sports and enjoyed gambling.”
Stuart said Richie always helped people whenever they called upon him for a favor or some assistance.
“He loved teaching and loved his students and he tried to help as many people as he could – he did as many favors as he could, that’s how he was, just a good person,” said Stuart. “Like everybody else, I was stunned by his unexpected passing.”
As a brother, Richie was top-shelf, according to Stuart.
“I looked up to him – he was a great brother to Ralph and me,” Stuart said emphatically. “He was fun to be around and I really enjoyed him. Especially for me, I’ll really miss him.”
He called himself a ‘tough bandit’ three days after his 101st birthday
James ‘Yanky’ ‘Jim’ Schwartz passed away peacefully on June 2 at his home in Boynton Beach, Florida. He was 101 years old.
Jim was born May 25, 1916 to Maurice and Celia (Handler) Schwartz, graduated from Chelsea High School and married Anita Mazel in 1941.
He served his country in the Pacific Arena from 1942 to 1945 during World War II. He was a Mason and a Shriner.
He lived most of his life in Chelsea, working in the oil and pharmaceutical industries. He had a car wash and pizzeria. His independent and dedicated
career gave a sense of grand style to his life in cars, dress and open attitude. He was a friend to many and many loved him as a dear friend.
Yanky’s passion for summer vacations brought him first to New Hampshire’s Little Squam Lake, and later to a home on Lake Winnipesaukee. He enjoyed
family, photography, boating, entertaining, landscaping, comedy, foreign films, Rusty Nails and people.
Jim is survived by his three sons: Dr. Peter Alan and Mrs. Myra Schwartz of North Attleboro, Lester Keith and Mrs.Suzanne Schwartz of West Campton,
NH and George Schwartz of Sheldonville, MA; seven grandchildren: Jodi Colton, Adam
Zeitsiff, Jeremy Schwartz, Maggie Schwartz, Ben Schwartz, Lucy Schwartz and Sam Schwartz and numerous loving cousins. His great grandchildren are: Abigail and Gavin Zeitsiff and Jonah and Nate Colton. Jim was preceded in death by his loving wife, Anita; his brothers: Philip, Irving and Bernard, and his sister, Pearle. Jim is also survived by Philip’s son, Arnold Schwartz and his wife, Suzie and Pearle’s son, Ed Eich and his wife, Jayme.
Three days after he turned 101, he said “I’m a tough bandit.”
And so he was.
There will be a graveside farewell to Jim today, Thursday, June 29 at 10 a.m. at The Chelsea JCC Cemetery on Buxton Road in Danvers.
Lifelong Chelsea resident
Joseph Adamowicz of Chelsea passed away suddenly on Wednesday, June 21 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett. He was 78 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, the son of the late Napoleon and Louise Adamowicz, Joe attended local schools and was a lifelong resident of Chelsea. He worked as a paint mixer with Raffi and Swanson Manufacturing and retired several years ago. Joseph was a devoted Catholic and lived a deeply religious, spiritual and prayerful life. He frequently attended Masses at St. Stanislaus Church and St. Michael the Archangel Chapel in Chelsea.
He was the former husband of Barbara “Bobbie” Elliot and devoted stepfather of the late Cisco Naranjo, the cherished grandfather of Krystal Naranjo, the beloved brother of Donna Hollis of Georgetown and dear uncle of Jolene Hollis-Fraser and her husband, Jesse Fraser, Chris Hollis and his wife, Lisa and adored great uncle of Anthony Silva, Gavin Fraser and Ryan Hollis.
Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Friday, June 30 at St. Michael the Archangel Chapel, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea at 11 a.m. Final arrangements were handled by the Anthony Memorial-Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea. For online guestbook or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Richard Alphonse Pruneau
Director of Torf Funeral Service for 41 years
Richard Alphonse Pruneau, a longtime Arlington resident, died peacefully in Chelsea on June 23. He was 73 years old.
Richard was born on February 6, 1944 in Boston to the late Francis G. and Ann (Nauer) Pruneau. He graduated from Don Bosco Tech in 1961, furthered his education at New England Institute-Kenmore Square and became a licensed funeral director in 1969.
He married Eda in 1966. After moving to Arlington, Richard began working for Torf Funeral Service in Chelsea as a Managing Funeral Director in 1970 where he stayed for 41 years. Richard also worked and assisted with many funeral home establishments in the Boston Area.
Richard loved and was dedicated to funeral service. He was passionate about all things funeral service. Although not Jewish himself, Richard was strict in his adherence to the Jewish Laws of Tahara always displayed compassion and understanding to the bereaved in their hour of need. He was an active, dedicated member of the Bellingham Lodge #53- Knights of Pythias, Handi Kids of Bridgewater and the Temple Emmanuel Brotherhood of Chelsea. Richard was an avid drummer who marched with the American Legion Post 156 Band of Waltham.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Eda (Hohulja) Pruneau. He was the devoted father of Lisa Connearney and her husband, Frank of Medford and Michelle McCaffery and her husband, William of Burlington; proud grandfather of Ryan and Thomas Connearney and Brendan and Emma McCaffery; loving brother of Shirley Johnston and her husband, Robert of Auburndale, dear uncle to Robert W. Johnston and his wife, Cindy, Laurie Levy and her husband, Michael and the late William L. Johnston and his wife, Lauren. He is also survived by several great nephews and nieces.
His Funeral Mass will be held at St. Agnes Church, 51 Medford Street, Arlington on Friday June 30 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Burial is private.
Visiting hours will be held from the Torf Funeral Service, 151 Washington Avenue, Chelsea, today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital-501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Chelsea Jewish Foundation, 165 Captains Row, Chelsea, MA 02150. Visit www.torffuneralservice.com for guest book and directions.
Longtime Chelsea Teacher’s Aide
A Funeral Mass was said on Wednesday at St. Stanislaus Church for Sophie T. (Domoretsky) Kanarkiewicz who passed away on June 21 in the peaceful surrounding of her home and in the preence of her loving famiy. She was 84 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea and a lifelong Chelsea resident, Sophie was the beloved daughter of the late Dennis and Rose Domoretsky. She attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. She married John H. Kanarkiewicz and together they raised their family of three in Chelsea. A devoted housewife, mother and homemaker she also worked outside of her home for many years as a teacher’s aide with the Chelsea School Dept.
She enjoyed family camping trips, going to polka dances with her husband, handcrafts like sewing and crocheting, the companionship of her feline friends and interior home painting and decorating. Sophie was widowed 15 months ago with the passing of her beloved husband and Chelsea Firefighter, John H. Kanarkiewicz, Sr. She was also preceded in death this past September by her son, Chelsea Fire Lt. John H. Kanarkiewicz, Jr. and years earlier by her siblings; Vasily, Michael and Walter Domoretsky. She is lovingly survived by her children and their spouses: Rosemarie Miller and her husband, Gary of Lynnfield and Frank Kanarkiewicz and his wife, Joanne of Peabody. She was the cherished grandmother of Dennis and Sara Kanarkiewicz, Adrienne Manes and her husband, Aaron and adored great-grandmother of Caroline Manes.
A Funeral Mass was said on Wednesday at St. Stanislaus Church. Interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett, Rev. Andrew T Grelak officiated. Final Arrangements were handled by the Anthony Memorial-Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. For online guestbook or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit: www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Retired principal clerk of Chelsea Treasurer’s office
Delia J. (Mallet) Connors passed away on Monday, June 26 after a brief illness with her caring and loving family at her side and in the peaceful surroundings of her home. She was 75 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, she was a daughter of the late Ernest J. and Laura B. (Arsenault) Mallet. A lifelong Chelsea resident, she attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1960. She married John J. “Jack” Connors and together they raised their family of three in Chelsea.
A devoted housewife and Mother, Delia also worked outside of her home as a data processing clerk at the Winthrop Community Hospital and she was later employed at Chelsea City Hall working for 13 years as a principal clerk in the city Treasurers Office. She retired in 2009.
In her lifetime, Delia enjoyed arts and crafts, sewing, creating and sewing Halloween costumes for her children. She also enjoyed working in ceramics, shopping and browsing through Flea Markets and collecting “Teddy Bears,” but she mostly enjoyed and loved time spent with her family and her grandchildren.
She was the beloved wife of 56 years of John J. “Jack” Connors; devoted mother of Paulette Velastegui, Juliann Boesch and her husband, Roberto and Robert Connors and his wife, Deborah, all of Chelsea; cherished grandmother of Timothy Velastegui, Daniel Velastegui, Kaitlyn Jessee, Christina Boesch, Robert Michael Connors, Rebecca Connors and Rileigh Connors; dear sister of Theresa Roberts of Saugus and the late Ernest Mallet and Rosemarie Cardarelli. Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, June 30 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 10:30 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. MA/NH Office, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Mary A. (Vallis) King of Admiral’s Hill in Chelsea, formerly of Revere, passed away on Sunday morning, April 17 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home. She was 95 years old.
Born in Coombs Cove, Newfoundland, Canada, the daughter of the late John J. and Bessie (Fiander) Vallis, Mary came to the United States as a small child and attended school in Chelsea. She was a homemaker caring for her home and her three boys.
Mary was a resident of Revere for 25 years before settling back in Chelsea. She spent her time volunteering at the Chelsea Senior Center and was very active at her home on Admiral’s Hill. She enjoyed playing bingo, knitting and most importantly, enjoyed the company of her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.
She was pre-deceased by her first husband, Benjamin J. Robichaud in 1969. Mary later married John E. King and together they shared 17 years of marriage before his passing in 1988. Mary was the beloved mother of Thomas J. Robichaud of Tewksbury, Randall King of Peabody and the late John J. Robichaud; sister of the late Alton Vallis, Matthew Vallis, Emma Levine, Meta Bradley, Catherine Vallis, Thomas Vallis. She is also lovingly survived by five grandchildren: Michael Robichaud, Jamey Robichaud, Randy King, Jaran Stallbaum and the late Justin King.
A Memorial Service and celebration of Mary’s life will be conducted in the Carafa Family Funeral Home, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea on Wednesday, April 27 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will precede the service from 9 to 10 a.m. Interment will follow the service at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.
Of Tewksbury, formerly of Chelsea
Richard Paradis of Tewksbury, formerly of Chelsea, passed peacefully on April 17 after a short illness with his brother, Mark and sister-in-law, Lisa at his side.
Richard was a longtime dispatcher and an avid sports fan who loved to sing karaoke
He was the son of the late John and Ann (Dion) Paradis of Chelsea; loving brother of Mark and his wife, Lisa (Gird) of Tewksbury, Kevin, Steven and his wife, Michelle, John and his wife, Lisa and the late James and loving fiance of the late Debra Nolan. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and dear friends. Visiting hours will be held at the Casper Funeral Home in South Boston from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday (today.) Interment services will be private. In lieu of
flowers, please make donations in Richard’s memory to All Care Hospice at www.allcare.org or the
American Cancer Foundation at www.cancer.org.
Marion (Page) Niedbala, a long time resident of Chelsea, passed away at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home late Monday evening, April 18. She was 89 years old.
For over 25 years, she worked as an assembler at Chelsea Clock. A resident of Admiral’s Towers on Admiral’s Hill for over 15 years, she spent a good amount of time working in the apartment building store.
She was the devoted wife of the late Edmund Niedbala; beloved mother of Carol Babb and her husband, Robert of Chattanooga, TN and Margaret “Peggy” Austin and her friend, Alan Pulisciano of Revere; dear sister of Claire Giacobbee of Tewksbury and the late Leo, Joseph, Robert, Raymond, Richard, William, Edward, Barbara, Pauline and Dorothy; cherished grandmother of Lisa Sexton of Knoxville, TN, Jason Babb of Savannah, GA and Justin Daly of Knoxville, TN. She is also lovingly survived by her great grandchildren: Madison, Nolan and Carter as well as 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 on Saturday, April 23 at 10 a.m. Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home will be held on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.
To send a message of condolence to Marion’s family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com
Mary (Barbera) Salvato, a lifelong Chelsea resident, died peacefully in the arms of her daughter early Sunday morning, April 3 at the age of 92.
Mary worked for Bank of Boston and after her retirement she volunteered at the Chelsea Public Library. She was the last surviving member of Natale and Concetta Barbera who came to Chelsea from Messina Sicily in 1924. Mary was known for her sharp tongue, soft heart and love for animals. She was a gifted artist and also enjoyed writing poetry and short stories..
She is survived by her daughter-in-law Gail Hayes of Foxboro, wife of Mary’s late son Kenneth Hayes, her daughter Linda Bussiere and son-in-law Mark Bussiere, both of Rindge, NH, grandson Anthony Bussiere of Los Angeles, CA, and granddaughter Angela Bussiere of Rindge, NH. She will also be lovingly remembered many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a blessing, remembrance and liturgical ceremony on Saturday, April 23 in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway Chelsea at 10:30 a.m. Services will conclude at the church. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Humane Society. Welsh Funeral Home is assisting the family with final arrangements. To send expressions of sympathy or to sign the on-line guest book, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com.
Jack Richard crossing the finish line of a previous Boston Marathon.
Jack Richard, former captain of the 1975 CHS cross-country state championship team, has run over 20 Boston Marathons. For this year’s race on April 18 2016, he has committed to raising funds for Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Jack said, “There’s no charity more deserving, or more Boston, than Dana-Farber. They’re winning the fight against cancer, and 100% of every dollar goes to life-saving research.
We don’t need a few people to give a lot of dollars; we do need a lot of people to chip in a few dollars. We all know someone whose life has been saved by their great work, so please help out with a pledge, big or small.”
Donating is easy. Just take a minute and go to rundfmc.org or click this link: http://www.rundfmc.org/2016/jackr
The combined City Council and School Committee was expected to tap former City Councillor Richard Maronski to serve as the next District 3 School Committee member on Wednesday night.
The vote took place after Record deadlines, but officials said Maronski was the only individual to submit at application for the seat, which was vacated earlier this year by Carlos Rodriguez.
A meeting to select Maronski was scheduled last week, but not enough School Committee members joined the Council to be able to reach a quorum in order to vote.
Wednesday’s meeting was expected to be the remedy.
Officials didn’t expect much discussion as there was no other candidates or names to consider.
The process was initiated earlier this year when Member Carlos Rodriguez disappeared without notice and didn’t attend meeting for several months. Attempts to locate him were futile, but he did surface in early May to submit a resignation letter to the Committee.
If Maronski is approved, in order to keep the seat, he would have to run this coming November as well.
Stephanie B. (Mikolajewski) Malachowski passed away Sunday evening, June 21 at the Charlwell House in Norwood where she had been receiving supportive care for the past two years. She was 95 years old.
She was born and raised in Chelsea, one of five children born to the late Franciszek and Anastasia (Budzinski) Mikolajewski. After attending local schools, Stephanie worked briefly as an assembler for Standard Box Co., in Chelsea. She married Bronislaw Malachowski in 1947 and together the couple raised their family of two daughters and one son. She dedicated much of her life to caring for home and family.
She was a lifelong communicant and parishioner of St. Stanislaus Church in Chelsea and was a devoted member of the former Rosary Society and St. Stanislaus School Mothers Club. During her life she mostly enjoyed the quiet home life style and keeping up on current and family affairs.
In addition to her parents, Stephanie was preceded in death by her husband, Bronislaw after 60 years of marriage and by her sisters: Mary Kondracki, Jeanette Banusiewicz, Matilda Mroczek and her brother, Wallace Mikolajewski. She is lovingly survived by her devoted children: Ann Malachowski of Dedham, Janice Laskowski and her husband, Timothy of Portland, CT. and Paul Malachowski and his wife, Carol of Franklin. She was the cherished grandmother of Craig Laskowski and his wife, Melanie of Milton, Kenneth Laskowski and his wife, Melissa of Chicago, IL and Stephanie Malachowski of Franklin, adored great grandmother of Chase Laskowski and by many loving nieces and nephews.
Her Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday June 25 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 Prospect Hill Cemetery in Millis. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to “Boston” Catholic TV, PO Box 9196, Watertown, MA 02471. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit
Former proprietor of State House Cleaners of Bowdoin Street, Boston.
Ramona Vega-Amaro of Chelsea, formerly of Maunabo, PR, died on June 18
The former proprietor of State House Cleaners of Bowdoin Street, Boston, she was the beloved wife of the late Ulysis Amaro; devoted mother of Roberto and Yvette Colon of Puerto Rico, Anthony G. Ortiz of the Chelsea Police Department and the late Rolando Colon; dear sister of Frank Vega, Jr., Annette Vega, Jeanette Vega-Alvarez, all of New York City, Angel Vega of Florida and the late Eve and Ralph Vega. She was the adored grandmother of Rolando Colon Jr., and Anthony Ortiz Jr. and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, Orient Heights, East Boston. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Of New Hampshire, formerly of Chelsea
His greatest joy was to spend time
with his family
Joseph A. Richard died suddenly on June 16 at his residence in Dunbarton, NH. He was 71 years old.
Born in Chelsea, he has resided in Dunbarton for the past 23 years.
The son of Benjamin and Jeanette Richard, Mr. Richard worked his entire life as a machinist starting with the Gaulin’s Corporation of Everett. He was a US Navy veteran and a member of the VFW Post #834. Joe loved spending time in the outdoors fishing and hunting, however his greatest joy in life came from spending time with his family and especially with his granddaughter, Jordan.
Members of his family include his wife of 50 years, Diane Richard of Dunbarton, his daughter Nicole Richard and son in law Joe Bonta and granddaughter Jordan Richard all of Winchendon, MA. Joe is also survived by his siblings Elaine Patti, Linda Riley, Janet Sturgis, Annette Purcell, Joanne Scribner, Arnold, Eddie, Wayne, Ernie and Barbara Richard, all of Chelsea.
Funeral arrangements were by the
French and Rising Funeral Home, 17 South Mast Street, Goffstown, NH. Burial with military honors was at the Massachusetts Veterans Cemetery in Winchendon, MA.