Obituaries 10-12-2017

Obituaries 10-12-2017

John Buzderewicz

Of Quincy, formerly of Chelsea

John W. Buzderewicz passed away on Friday, September 22 at the Boston Medical Center in Boston after a long and ongoing illness.   He was 69 years old.

The beloved husband of

Marylou Kemp-Buzderewicz, he was born and raised in Chelsea, a son of the late

Joseph S. Buzderewicz, Sr. and Dorothy (Seeley) Buzderewicz. John attended school in Chelsea and graduated from Chelsea High School. He enlisted in the US Navyand served honorably during the Vietnam Era.   He was a resident of Chelsea for mostof his life and resided in Quincy for the past 18 years.   He worked for many years as asalesman for Eagle Electric Supply in Boston and later for Controller Services in Avon before retiring several years ago.

He was a member of the PPC of Chelsea and theChelsea Yacht Club where he was a past board director and past vice commodore. Hewas also a member of the American Legion Nickerson Post 382 in Squantum.

In his lifetime, John was a devoted husband to Marylou and doting grandfather of five, he enjoyed boating and socializing with his dock buddies at his yacht club.

He is survivedby his beloved wife of 11 years, Marylou Kemp-Buzderewicz; two cherished stepsons and their wives; Kenny Kemp and his wife, Christine of Billerica and Scott Kemp and his wife, Marina of Byron, MN.   He was the adored grandfather “DziaDzia” and “Buzzy” to Jody, Jack and Kevin Kemp, Kealie and John Kemp; dear brother of Francis “Frannie”Buzderewicz and his wife, Pat of El Mirage, AZ, Robert Buzderewicz and his wife, Carla of Maine, Richard Buzderewicz of Chelsea and David Buzderewicz and his wife, Doreen of Hampton, NH, and the late Joseph S. Buzderewicz, Jr. He is also survived by severalloving nieces and nephews and extended family members.

Relatives are most kindly invited to attend a memorial gathering and remembrance service on Thursday, October 19 beginning at 12 noon at the

Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea. A prayer service will be begin at 1 p.m. concluding with military honors. In tribute to John’s love of boating on the “Sea Eagle,”those attending his last “Bon Voyage” are requested to dress with casual nautical attire. The Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home.

For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

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

Betty Pisano

Of Boston’s North End

Betty (Goldmeer) Pisano of Boston’s North End died on October 4.

She was the beloved wife of the late Pasquale “Pat” Pisano; devoted mother of Cecile Leone and her husband, Luigi of Kingston, Marsha DeSantis and her husband, Phil of Marshfield, Denise Cipoletta and her husband, Joe of Florida, Elissa Pisano of Lynnfield and Roxane Bangs and her husband, Frederick of Lynnfield; dear sister of Joseph Goldmeer of Arizona and the late Charlotte Rasmussen and Morris Goldmeer; cherished grandmother of nine including the late Patrice Gioia, adoring great grandmother of 19, and great great grandmother of one great great grandchild.  She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.   Interment was private. For guestbook, please visit

LTC Alfred A. “Smilin’ Al” Alvarez

Had long and distinguished military career

LTC Alfred A. “Smilin’ Al” Alvarez (retired) passed away at home on Monday, July 31 at the age of 93 surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on April 25, 1924 in Chelsea and was predeceased by his parents, Fred and Clara Alvarez and his older brother, Frederick.  Losing his father at the age of six, his widowed mother raised three children during the Depression.  Excelling at school, he skipped the sixth grade and was later editor of the High School newspaper.  Attending Northeastern University, he joined the US Army shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor and after stateside training joined the First

Infantry Division in England.

On D-Day, June 6, 1944, he went ashore on Omaha Beach, Normandy and fought his way inshore.  Following the Normandy landing, he participated in numerous battles including “Hurtgen Forest” and “the Battle of the Bulge.”  He ended the war in Europe in Czechoslovakia in 1945.

Following his commission from OCS in 1949, he served two combat tours in the Korean War.  In 1965, he served 18 months in the Dominican Republic conflict, then in 1967 he was in Bolivia confronting “Che Guevara” terrorists.  In 1968-1969 as a LTC in the 7th Special Forces “Green Berets,” he served a combat tour in Vietnam where shortly after arriving in-country the helicopter he was riding in was hit by enemy fire and forced to make an emergency landing.  He returned stateside and served in the XVIII ABN Corps until retiring in 1974 after 32 years in the Army.  Following his retirement from the army, he served as North Carolina State Regional Director of Human Services and later as Cumberland County Master Planner, where he directed personnel assets for the local community.

Taking a plunge into retail merchandising, he was general manager of “The Capitol” department store.  In addition to his normal work routine, he found time to help with education efforts at FTCC where he taught soldiers management subjects.

On the weekends, he served as a radio talk show host and later was successful writing and publishing military short stories.  Inducted into the US Army OCS Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, Georgia in 2003 as well as selected as Military Analyst for National Geographic Society tours to France and England for D-Day 60th remembrance in 2004.  He was honored at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans and named “Chevalier of the French Legion of D’Honneur” by the French government in 2008.  He received the “Order of the Long Leaf Pine” from North Carolina Governor Holshouser.  A charter member of the Airborne & Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville, he served as docent and participated in various speaking assignments to local and regional audiences.

His awards include: Combat Infantry Badge, Legion of Merit, (2) Bronze Stars for valor with Oak Leaf Clusters, Master Parachutist, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Presidential Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Gliderist Badge, Army Occupational Medal (Germany – Japan), Belgian and French Fouragere, Vietnam Service and Campaign Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Pacificador – Brazil Medal,  Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal (1st  OLC) and 14 Battle Stars.

He is survived by his sister, Mary (age 97), his wife, Florence (to whom he was married for 68 years), his son, Commander (USN, Ret.) Michael and his wife, Catherine, daughter, Colleen Wellons and her husband, William, son Kevin and his wife, Cynthia and son, Sean and his wife, Amy.  In addition, he leaves 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

 A true warrior who put country first in time of war, in peacetime he was happiest surrounded by family and friends and will forever be fondly remembered for his sense of humor and stories.

“ Do not fear death, but rather the unlived life, you don’t have to live forever, you just have to live … And he did.”

A memorial service was held on Saturday, August 5.  Burial with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, December 20 at 3 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the “Airborne and Special OPS Museum” or to the” Veterans of Foreign Wars.” “Good Night Sweetheart.”

Arrangements are by Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home.

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Some Feel CHS Volleyball Team Should Have Picked Another Venue for Protest

Some Feel CHS Volleyball Team Should Have Picked Another Venue for Protest

By Seth Daniel

Just as there have been no shortage of supporters of the Chelsea High girls volleyball team taking a knee at the National Anthem this month, there is similarly no shortage of people who are bothered by the statement.

Veterans are particularly bothered by the choice of high schoolers using the National Anthem to protest injustice, as it is historically a time to remember American soldiers who are deployed, dead or disabled. In a City where the primary state veterans care facility – the Soldiers’ Home – is located, that rings even more true than the average locale.

Members of the Soldiers’ Home said they could not comment on the matter, but many who spend considerable time there were hurt by the choice.

Bruce Dobson, who is the vice president of the East region of the Vietnam Veterans of America Massachusetts State Council, said he would like to meet with the girls. He said they are simply being followers, and not leading for the change they want.

Instead, they are hurting people who have lost life and limb to protect them.

“Protesting is acceptable in our country,” Dobson, who lives in Winthrop, said. “But to take a knee during the National Anthem is not. The National Anthem is to show respect to the Veterans who gave you the opportunity to be able to protest. If the volleyball team wants to protest, go to the steps of City Hall and take a knee. That will get a reaction without being disrespectful to veterans. The volleyball team members are being followers; be leaders and do something in your community. I would be willing to engage the volleyball at any time.”

School Committeeman Richard Maronski said he doesn’t agree with their stance and doesn’t believe the schools should allow it. For him, not only is it disrespectful, but shows that the youth aren’t being guided correctly.

“One problem is the kid seem to be leading the way in what should be allowed; we have the tail wagging the dog,” he said. “We are in a soft school system. The standards are lessened. The sports program seems to be getting worse. On the issue, I don’t think it’s right and I don’t think they know exactly what they are doing…I  don’t think it’s right they get to take a knee wearing a Chelsea uniform. They can protest on their own time…I support the kids on what’s happening to them and what’s said to them, but I don’t support how they are going about it.”

Maronski said he attends St. Michael’s Church next to the Soldiers’ Home every Sunday, and Father Healey reads a list of the soldiers who have passed every week. He said he would like the volleyball team to attend that sad ceremony, and to also become acquainted with the many wounded soldiers living in the Home – soldiers who hold the Anthem as dear to them as their own lives.

Chelsea Veterans Agent Francisco Toro said he had no official position, but as the City’s chief advocate and service provider, he’s already heard a lot of opinions. Interestingly, not all are against – yet not all are for either.

“I provide services to the veterans and am an advocate and a voice for the veterans in this community,” he said. “There are some veterans who think that taking a knee is disrespectful and some that don’t think it is. If you were to go and speak to a group of 100 veterans in Chelsea, I would say that there would be no one group on one particular side or the other…I’ve heard both sides from the veterans on this.”

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A New Year’s Resolution: Let Go of Our Anxiety

The intersection of the coming of a New Year and the passing of the previous one offers all of us the opportunity to pause and reflect upon both what has transpired and what awaits us.

The opening lines of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem, Ring Out, Wild Bells, sums up what we all feel at this time of year:

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,

The flying cloud, the frosty light

The year is dying in the night;

Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,

Ring, happy bells, across the snow:

The year is going, let him go;

Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Although the year 2015 by any measurable standard was a good one for America, there is a sense of unease in our country that no one — let alone the politicians — seems able to address.

But guess what? If you substitute “2015” for “2014” in that sentence, that is exactly what we wrote last year at this time. (We looked it up.)

So that leads us to ask this question: Has our world ever been without turmoil on a large scale? And in terms of us individually, are any of us ever without anxiety?

The opening line of Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities fairly sums up the human condition at any given moment, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

As 2015 fades into 2016, one might gather from the headlines that a feeling of fear — which is a manifestation of anxiety — never has been more acute among our fellow Americans.

Yet if we step back and look at the big picture, we have to admit that compared to the events of the past 100 years, the America in which most of us awaken each day is pretty calm compared to almost any time that any of us can remember.

In 1916, the world was involved in a war that America would be joining within 18 months. Twenty years later, we were amidst the Great Depression and a few years after that, we were in WWII. The Korean War came a few years later and then the Cold War soon ensued, with the fear of nuclear annihilation on everyone’s mind — daily.

Amidst the prosperity of the 1960s there was Vietnam, but when that war finally ended in 1975, America entered a period of political turmoil and economic decline.

The 1980s are thought of as a prosperous era, but the made-for-TV movie, The Day After, a realistic depiction about the aftermath of an all-out nuclear attack, stands as the highest-rated TV movie of all time, with more than 40 million households tuned into it. Yes, it was a good film, but despite the feel-good era of Ronald Reagan, Americans were glued to our TV sets because of the perceived risk of mutual assured destruction that assaulted our senses every day.

With the fall of the Berlin Wall and Communist dictatorships in the late 1980s, America did indeed enter a time of peace and prosperity in the 1990s — a Goldilocks economy and few perceived threats — yet even then, there were terrorist attacks (the first World Trade Center bombing and the Oklahoma City courthouse bombing) and there were genocides taking place in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

The new century brought us 9/11, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq — and now the terrorist threat posed by ISIS.

To be sure, the heinous attacks in France and San Bernadino this year have rattled our nerves, but the reality is that the chances of us being affected directly by any sort of terrorist action are far slimmer than being struck by lightning, or being caught up in the sort of random gun violence that is part of everyday life in America, or being run into by a drunk driver.

Yet to listen to some (i.e., all of the Republican candidates for President and the daily barrage from Fox news), one would think we are in a state of crisis greater than the threats posed by the Nazis, Communists, Japanese warlords, and every other enemy we have faced over the past few generations combined.

All of us need a therapist these days — perhaps that should be included in Obamacare — because never have the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt been more true, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”

We wish all of our readers a happy — and anxiety-free — New Year.

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Obituaries 08-13-2015

Kazimiera Kociszewski

Devout Catholic, lifelong vegetarian

and animal lover

Kazimiera Kociszewski of Chelsea passed away on August 5 in the peaceful surroundings of her daughter’s home with her caring family at her side. She was 85 years old.

Born in Tulislow, Poland, she was loving daughter of the late Andrew and Czeslawa (Jesiolkiewicz) Siepka. When she was six years old, her parents settled in northern France. She gained her formal education attending schools there.

She married her beloved Leon Kociszewski and in 1957 she and her family immigrated to the United States settling in Chelsea where she remained for the better half of her lifetime. A deeply religious and devout Catholic, she was a longtime parishioner of St. Stanislaus Church in Chelsea. She dedicated her life to a simple home life style, caring for her family. She enjoyed time preparing and hosting family dinners. She had a great love for animals and was very fond of her pet corgi “Abby”. She was an avid reader of all subjects. Having grown up on a farm and with her strong love for animals, Kazimiera has been a lifelong vegetarian.

In addition to her parents, Kazimiera was also preceded in death by her husband Leon Kociszewski and her sister Marianna Bialas. She was the devoted mother of Irene Zaroda and her husband, Adam of Revere and Christine Kociszewski of Merrimack, NH and the cherished grandmother of Andrew Zaroda, Anthony Zaroda, Annette Zaroda and her fiancé, Daniel Morales.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Leo Demko

40-year Owner of Northeast Floor Covering of Chelsea; member of

Temple Emmanuel Brotherhood

Leo J. Demko of Chelsea died on Thursday, August 6.

The beloved husband of Marlene (Karacek) Demko, he was born in Chelsea, the son of the late Joseph and Annette (Pagliuso) Demko. Leo was owner operator of the Northeast Floor covering in Chelsea for over 40 years.

A member of the Temple Emmanuel Brotherhood of Chelsea, he loved to cook and entertain his family and friends. He was a family man, a dog lover and great “Buddy” to many.

In addition to his wife of 48 years, Leo is survived by his daughters: Lisa Cohen and Lauren Demko, his grandchildren Benjamin and Kate Cohen, his brother, Robert Demko and uncle to many. He was also the brother of the late Joseph Demko.

His Funeral service was held on Sunday, August 9 at Temple Emnuel of Chelsea. Interment was in Greenview Cemetery, Everett. Contributions in his memory may be made to Temple Emmanuel of Chelsea, 60 Tudor St., Chelsea, MA 02150 or The National Parkinson Foundation 200 SE 1st Street Suite 800 Miami, FL 33131. For guest book, please visit the funeral home web site

Robert Martinello

Retired Chelsea Firefighter

Robert J. Martinello, retired Chelsea Fire Fighter and Vietnam Veteran, passed away at his Chelsea home on August after a long illness. He was 61 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea he was the loving son of Armando and Grace M. (Griffin) Martinello of Chelsea. Robert attended Chelsea schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1971. While attending high school, he excelled in sports and was a talented athlete in football, track and field sports. After graduating he enlisted in the US Air Force and served during the Vietnam Era. He was honorably discharged at the rank of Airman and returned to Chelsea. He married Andrea Porazzo, together they settled in Medford raising their family there.

In 1982 Robert was appointed as a fire fighter with the Chelsea Fire Department. He returned to school and received an Associate’s Degree in fire science. He was injured and disabled while on the job and was required to retire. He was a former member of CFD Local 937. He moved back to Chelsea in ’96 and has resided in Chelsea since that time. He was an all-around Boston Sports Fan and an avid history buff, He enjoyed golfing and music, but mostly enjoyed spending time with his children and granddaughter.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his former wife Andrea (Porrazzo) Martinello of Medford. He was the devoted father of Jamie DiClemente and her husband, Michael of Reading, Robert A. Martinello of Cambridge, Ryan J. Martinello of Medford and his fiancé, Courtney Hughes. He was the cherished grandfather of Giulia DiClemente; loving brother of Stephen Martinello and his wife, Patricia of Peabody, Thomas Martinello and his wife, Linda of Saugus, Michael Martinello of West Yarmouth, Frank Martinello and his fiancée, Christine of Winchester and the late Frederick, Maureen and Theresa Martinello.
His Funeral will be held from St. Michael the Archangel Chapel (Cardinal Cushing Pavilion) at the Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Ave. Chelsea today, Thursday, August 13 at 10 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Chapel at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.

Hector Enrique Romero

Loved movies and socializing with friends

Hector Enrique Romero of East Boston, formerly of Honduras, passed away after a sudden illness at the Boston Medical Center in Boston on August 11. He was 61 years old.

Born and raised in LaLima Cortez, Honduras, the beloved son of Ofelia E. Molina of Chelsea and Hector A. Romero in Honduras, he received his early education in Honduras and was a business major attending college in Honduras. He was a self-employed grocer in Honduras and came to the United States in the 1990’s settling in the Miami area where he established himself as an independent canteen truck operator. He settled in the Boston area 10 years ago and continued working as a laborer in the residential construction field.He was a resident of East Boston for the past 10 years. He enjoyed watching movies at local cinemas and socializing with friends.

He is survived by four sons and one daughter in Honduras. He was the dear friend and companion of the past 22 years to Sylvia Guillen of East Boston and he was the dear brother of Juan Vale, Aldina Romero, Ivonne Romero and Delcy Sunsin, all of Chelsea. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend visiting hours at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday, August 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. A Catholic Prayer service will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. Funeral Home fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

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