Patricia Pierce of Peabody, formerly on Chelsea, died on Wednesday morning, May 9.
Born in East Boston over 90 years ago, Patricia passed away at Rosewood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Peabody where she was receiving supportive care.
Patricia grew up with her family on Spencer Avenue and received her education in Chelsea. Upon graduation from High School, she entered the Sisters of Providence convent where she took her final vows. After 27 years, with the passing of her sister-in-law, she left religious life to care for her brother. In the ensuing years, she continued as a teacher in the Malden School System until her retirement. In the years that followed teaching, she resided at 5 Admirals Way continuing to minister as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Rose Parish and St. Mary’s Parish in Revere, also bringing Communion to homes as well as to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home.
The devoted daughter of the late John F. and Ella (McKevitt) Pierce, she was the beloved sister of the late Francis Pierce, Elizabeth Smith, Loretta McCormack and Sister Eleanor Pierce, SP. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Services will conclude with interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
The family suggests that memorial contributions in her name be made to the Sisters of Providence-Mission Advancement Office, 1 Sisters of Providence Road, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876 or at www.spsmw.org/donate.
Frederick ‘Fred’ Nowicki
Retired Chelsea Firefighter nationally recognized for heroism
Frederick A. “Fred” Nowicki, a lifelong Chelsea resident and retired Chelsea Firefighter, passed away Wednesday morning May 16 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home where he has been receiving supportive care for ongoing illnesses. He was 77 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, a son of the late Anthony Nowicki and Louise (Kozolowski) Nowicki-Hurley, he attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1959. Fred was a member of the Chelsea High School Football team beating Everett in 1958.
He continued his education at Dodge City Jr. College and was awarded a full scholarship to Arizona State. Foregoing the scholarship, Fred returned to Chelsea with his young bride, the former Beverly Renfrew to support and raise his family.
Fred began working as truck driver for Monarch Foods.
He was appointed to the Chelsea Fire Department in 1968. He was nationally recognized for heroism in 1972 for retrieving a bomb from the Chelsea Naval Hospital. He was also a veteran of the Chelsea Fire of 1973. Fred was a member and Past-President of Chelsea Firefighters Local 937 and was honored to be named President Emeritus of the local. He was a longtime member of the Fire Department Color Guard and was one of the original organizers of Chelsea Firefighters Memorial Sunday held annually on the first Sunday of June. He retired from fire service in 2003.
Fred also worked for many years as a foreman withTravaco Laboratories in Chelsea, retiring in 1996. He was a member of the Cary Square Associates and the Winnisimmet Social and Athletic Club.
Fred was recently widowed in December with the passing of his beloved wife of 56 years, Beverly J. (Renfrew) Nowicki. He was the devoted father of Scott C. Nowicki of Revere and Paul R. Nowicki and his wife, Tracy M. Nowicki of Chelsea; cherished grandfather of Mia V. Nowicki, Christina H. Nowicki and John Paul Nowicki; dear brother and brother-in-law of Linda and Frank Sobelewski of Dennisport and Roger A. Nowicki of Billerica and his late wife, Linda, the late Janice Nowicki, Paul Renfrew and his wife Sue Ellen of Southborough and cherished uncle of Brenda Sobolewski-Finn, John Sobolewski, Elizabeth Renfrew-Birkemose, Douglas Renfrew, Adam Nowicki and Rachel Hall.
Funeral from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Tuesday, May 22, 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 on Monday from 4 to p.m. Funeral Home fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com.
Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Chelsea, 617-889-2723
Eastern Airlines retiree, flew 50 missions as a US Army Air Nose Gunner during World War II
Francis “Frank” Campedelli of Jacksonville, FL passed away peacefully at his Assisted Living Community, Wyndham Lakes in Jacksonville, FL on Friday, March 3. He was 94 years old.
Born in Chelsea and a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1942,
Francis joined the US Army Air Corps in 1943 and honorably served his country during World War II as a nose gunner flying 50 missions on a B24 Liberator with the 15th Army, 98th Bomb Group, 344th bomb squad.
He was employed with Eastern Airlines at Logan Airport Boston for over 20 years and moved to Jacksonville in 1987 after his retirement.
Preceded in death by his wife and best friend, Lorraine Gifford Campedelli,
Frank is survived by his daughter, Jane Campedelli of Jacksonville, FL, his brother, Alfred Campedelli of Winthrop and niece, Joyce and her
husband, Paul Sartorelli of Georgetown. He also leaves many dear friends and extended family.
Another hero from the Greatest Generation gone but will never be forgotten.
Memorial donations may be made in his name to VITAS Healthcare, 7406 Fullerton St., Ste 105, Jacksonville, FL 32256.
Edward James Welsh
Formerly of Chelsea
Edward James Welsh passed away unexpectedly at his daughter’s home in Pelham, NH on Monday, March 19 at the age of 74.
Born and raised in Chelsea, the son of the late Joseph R. and Agnes (Cronin) Welsh, Edward attended Chelsea Public Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1961.
Edward was a Chelsea resident for most of his life but moved to Everett, where he has been living for the last 20 years. He retired last year after dedicating 18 years as a concierge at Constellation Wharf in Charlestown. Prior to his years as a concierge, Edward was a truck driver for various food companies. Throughout his life, Edward enjoyed horse racing and going to the race track, but more importantly he loved his family. He loved his children and being with his grandchildren, great grandchildren and his beloved Basset Hound, Fred.
The husband of the late Julia (Gordon) Welsh, with whom he shared 33 years of marriage before her passing in 1999, he was the devoted father of Coleen Kingsley and her husband Doug of New Hampshire and the late Brien Welsh, father-in-law of Kelley Baldasaro of Everett, loving son of the late Joseph R. and Agnes (Cronin) Welsh, brother of the late Joseph Welsh, Elaine Maillet, Nancy Lehmann, John Welsh, Barry Welsh, Gail Winam and son-in-law of the late Mary Orluck. He is also lovingly survived by five grandchildren: David Welsh and his wife, Ashlee of Haverhill, Dustin Kingsley and Shea Kingsley, both of New Hampshire, Caitlin Welsh and Briana Williams, both of Everett and two great grandchildren, Vincent Hernandez and Adriana Hernandez, both of Everett.
His Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday, March 24 at 8 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea at 9 a.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, contributions in Edward’s memory may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund P.O. Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284 or on-line at www.jimmyfund.org.
St. Mary’s High School sophomore guard Christina Nowicki played in the Boverini Basketball Tournament in Lynn with a heavy heart, having lost her grandmother, Beverly Nowicki, who died on Dec. 27 after a long and courageous battle against illnesses.
Christina and her sister, Mia, a St. Mary’s 2017 graduate, a freshman at Assumption College and an All-Scholastic softball pitcher, each delivered beautiful remarks in memory of their beloved grandmother at the funeral Dec. 29 at the Welsh Funeral Home in Chelsea. Grandson John Paul Nowicki was also present at the memorial observance.
Paul Nowicki gave a heartfelt eulogy about his mother, who was a registered nurse and director of the Cottage Manor and On Broadway Nursing Homes in Chelsea.
Paul remembered how residents of the nursing home would often comment to him about the tremendous care his mother and her staff provided to the residents.
“It was overwhelming how much good she brought to everyone else,” related Paul.
Mrs. Nowicki and her husband, retired Chelsea firefighter Fred Nowicki, provided tremendous support and encouragement to Paul and his brother, Scott throughout their lives. Paul is undisputedly one of the greatest athletes in Chelsea history. He was a three-sport performer and two-sport All-Scholastic at Matignon High School and went on to earn a spot in the Division 1 Clemson University football program. Mr. and Mrs. Nowicki were at all their sons’ games beginning in Chelsea Little League and Chelsea Youth Hockey, humbly remaining in the background as Paul brought countless memories with his exploits on the field and in the rink, and the many individual awards he received.
“Scott and I always said that Mom was our foundation,” said Paul. “Dad was the provider and the protector and mom was the foundation. Mom was everything to Scott and me and it is something that will never be replaced. In good times and bad times, mom was always there for both of us.’’
Speaking to his father, Paul noted, “As Mia and Christina said, your love for my mom, how you treated mom, how you provided for mom, how you protected mom – it inspires us every day and will continue to inspire us every day.”
Paul was elected as an alderman and city councillor in Chelsea and it was mother, a popular resident of the city and the daughter of Police Capt. Robert Renfrew, who organized those successful political campaigns.
Paul told the gathering how the doors of the family home were always open to family and friends, thanks to the warmth and kindness of his gracious mother, who made everyone feel welcomed at the Nowicki residence.
“It was always an open door at the house and there was no better time than Christmastime – mom and dad would host both sides of the family and then around 5 o’clock the doors would open and in come all the friends and those are the times I remember,” said Paul. “You realized you were a part of something bigger.”
Addressing his many friends, Paul said, “No matter when you came in to our lives, my mother always loved you guys because you were loyal to Scott and me and that meant a lot to us because my mom respected and liked you so much an that Scott and I made good decisions with our friends.”
In Beverly Nowicki, Chelsea has lost one of its most popular and well-known citizens. The children of Paul and Tracy Nowicki and the grandchildren of Fred Nowicki and Beverly Nowicki are carrying on the family’s legacy with their excellence in athletics, combined with their exemplary character, cordiality, and kindness.
As dusk fell upon Chelsea last Wednesday evening, March 9, little Chase Collins held a ball tightly between his hands, looking curiously at the growing numbers of candles and photos and poems left at the Washington Avenue scene of the horrific shooting incident that killed Pablo Villeda on March 6 and injured six other young people.
As he looked carefully at the items, gripping his ball a little tighter, he turned and asked his grandmother what it was all about. He wanted to know why the young man in the pictures was dead.
As peace/vigil marchers began to gather around them last Wednesday evening, his grandmother, Beverly Martin Ross, explained carefully to Collins in choice words about how guns can be very dangerous and some people use them on purpose to hurt other people.
She told the little boy that the boy in the pictures, Pablo, who in reality was only about 10 years older than Collins, had been hurt badly with a gun by someone.
“Guns lead to nothing good and they have to be taken off the streets,” she told him. “Senseless deaths need not happen like this. They can be prevented.”
The boy seemed to understand in the limited and scared fashion with which children take in horrific events.
It’s a conversation that hundreds of people marching in the streets last Wednesday want to put an end to, as Villeda’s death is seemingly becoming the event that has turned the tide of thousands of residents against the persistent violence on the streets of Chelsea.
Hundreds, possibly close to a thousand people gathered at 120 Washington Ave. to honor the life of Villeda. Villeda died of gunshot wounds on March 6 after being shot at a teen party in a vacant apartment.
Candles, clothing and flowers piled up on the shooting site where mourners gathered at the outset of the march.
Friends, teachers, relatives and local officials all gathered at the the site of the shooting to march together from Washington Avenue to St. Rose Church and to City Hall. Candles were lit, songs sung and prayers were offered along the route. Villeda’s brother, Javier, held a graduation photo of his brother Pablo as he marched and held hands with his siblings and cousins. Villeda’s dad, Oscar, walked alone with a candle behind them.
Chelsea Police guided the marchers and kept the route clear of traffic for the marchers. At the conclusion of the march, everyone piled up onto the steps of City Hall where the family gathered and a podium was erected for people to speak.
Father Hilario Sanez offered prayers and words of comfort and City officials, including councillors, the city manager and police chief spoke about youth dying too young and that things need to change to prevent unnecessary deaths like this in the future.
“I truly wish I could offer you some words that would bring you actual comfort and hope tonight, but I know I can’t,” said City Manager Tom Ambrosino. “What words can heal the devastation that we are all feeling when a young life ends so senselessly. I didn’t know Pablo, but from everything I hear Pablo was on the right path. He had some bumps in the road to maturity and adulthood, but that is the human condition. We simply ask our teenagers to try to make more good choices then bad, and Pablo was doing that. I guess as a city the best way we can honor his life is to try to make it easier for teenagers to make more good choices, by providing them with more options and more opportunity. You have my word that is what I’ll try to do as your city leader.”
City Councillor Roy Avellaneda said Pablo Villeda left an impression on the community of Chelsea.
“I conveyed to the family that during this difficult time, words are very difficult to offer any comfort, but I said that we know that they did a wonderful job as parents to raise Pablo,” he said. “But he wasn’t just raised by them; he was also raised by teachers that are here tonight, friends that are here tonight. He was raised by a church that he was a member of. That was here to offer prayers, so that if there is any consolation that can be given to the parents, it’s that we are all in pain tonight, that we share the grief. Hopefully that offers some path way to healing, but I know from personal experience that the pain never really goes away. It dulls, but its always going to be there. They need to know that he made an impression in this community and he’s going to be missed.”
One of the organizers of the march, Gladys Vega of the Chelsea Collaborative, said the City cannot lose any more young people.
“I think that every time we lose a young person in the community, it’s extremely sad and devastating,” she said. “One life is too many. As a community we need to come together to make sure that we rescue every youth in the community and that they serve as role models to the children. If we are not able to do that, then we have failed. The fact that we have a young person that died, we failed the family, we failed our youth. One is too many.”
Everyone agreed the march was not the “forum” to discuss those changes.
Instead, a community meeting on youth violence has been scheduled at City Hall for Tuesday night, March 22, at 6 p.m. In that forum, solutions and frustrations will be heard. Large crowds are expected.
After the march last Wednesday, back at 120 Washington Ave., friends of Villeda gathered and mourned him without the crowds – friends that had seen him last at the party or in his last days.
They embraced each other with tears in their eyes, not wanting to accept his senseless death.
Mourners gathered Monday afternoon in a line to get into the Welsh Funeral Home on Broadway to attend the wake of Pablo Villeda, who was killed in a shooting on March 6.
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.
Charles R. Karpenko of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on February 2.
A late member of the 5-2 Club of Chelsea, he was the beloved husband of the late Jennie (Scrivano); devoted father of Jeanette Durgin of N. Andover, Charles A. Karpenko of Amesbury, Richard Karpenko and his wife, Ernestine of Saugus, Alfred Karpenko of Saugus and Carol DeSimone of Revere; dear brother of Frederick Karpenko and his wife, Carmela of East Boston and the late Anna Palermo, Helen Palermo and Rose Williams; cherished grandfather of 11 and great-grandfather of 13.
His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Friday, February 5 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting Hours are today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For online guestbook and memorial, please visit: www.Buonfiglio.com
Active in many fraternal organizations
Joseph M. Bocchetti of Revere, formerly of East Boston and Chelsea, died on Saturday, January 30 at the Lahey Clinic, Burlington following a long illness. He was 80 years old.
Born in Tewksbury and raised in East Boston, he attended Boston Public Schools and entered the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, proudly serving his country. When “Joe” returned home, he began a career in the Construction field. He worked as a “Rigger” for several of the larger construction companies in and around the Boston Area. Due to failing health, Joe was forced to retire.
Joe was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1272 , Revere, Beachmont V.F.W. Post #6712, American Legion Post #61, Joseph L. Mottola VFW Post # 4524 and The Sons of Italy of Revere.
He was known for being very social and was very active in many of the area’s fraternal organizations. He had a love for playing cards with the guys at many of the social clubs. He especially liked playing “Gin” & “Texas Hold’em”. He was a Regular at Suffolk Downs, betting or just socializing. During his life, Joe resided in East Boston, Chelsea and Revere.
He was the loving and devoted father of James J. Bocchetti of Revere, Joseph V. Bocchetti and his wife, Lisa L. of Haverhill and Joanne M. Peters and her husband, Carleton M. of Lynn; cherished grandfather of Vanessa M. Pozerski and her husband, Christopher of Crofton, Maryland., Eric Russano of Revere, Marissa C. and Ashley N. Bocchetti, both of Haverhill; adored great grandfather of Hayden Robert Pozerski. He was the beloved son of the late Vincent Muscara and Concetta “Connie” Bocchetti. He is also lovingly survived by nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107 ) Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, N.E. Chapter, 60 Walnut St. Wellesley, MA 02481.
Please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com.
Animal lover whose life centered around family
Marie C. Cole, a longtime Chelsea resident, passed away on January 18 after a brief illness at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford. She was 86 years old.
Born and raised in Revere, she was one of three children born to Vito and Therese (Rizzo) Lepore. After attending High School, Marie worked for a brief time at Schraft’s Candies in Boston. In the late 1940’s, she married Edward L. Cole and shared 45 years together before his passing in 1991.
A devoted homemaker and mother of four, she also worked outside of the home at Bartolo’s Café in East Boston where she was the cook and table waitress.
Her life centered around family and in her lifetime Marie enjoyed many simple pleasures; such as sitting in front of her home on Saipan Road. enjoying the sun and passing time playing her electronic board games. Playing bingo and other games of chance at Foxwoods, Atlantic City and Las Vegas. Feeding the urban wildlife; squirrels and a disabled neighborhood raccoon. And of course her favorite feline companions “Gypsy” and “Kimba.”
In addition to her parents and husband, Marie was also preceded in death by her siblings; Robert Lepore and Jean Sarmanian. She is survived by her beloved children and their spouses, Edward L. Cole, Jr. and his wife, Janet of Chelsea, James W. Cole and his wife, Denise, Thomas “Bucky” Cole and his wife, Carol of Saugus, Patsy Pistone of Revere and her late husband,, Guy. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Hallmark Health VNA & Hospice, 178 Savin St., Ste 300, Malden, MA 02148 or Alzheimer’s Assoc. 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472
Of East Boston, formerly of Sicily
Anna (Rizzo) Recupero of East Boston, formerly of Sicily, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving and devoted family on January 30.
She was the beloved wife of Giuseppe; devoted mother of Giovanni and his wife, Anna of Chelsea, Francesco, Giuesppe and his wife, Carol, all of East Boston; dear sister of Leo Rizzo of Rhode Island, Salvatore Francesca and Antonia Rizzo, all of Italy and the late Nino and Calogero. She was the adored grandmother of 19; great grandmother of 27; great great grandmother of five. She also leaves many loving nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will honor Anna’s life by gathering in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston at 8:30 a.m. today, Thursday, before leaving in procession to Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston for a Funeral Mass in celebration of Anna’s life at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Anna being laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery. For complimentary transportation to and from the funeral home, please call 617 569 0990. For more information visit: www.ruggieromh.com
Kenneth Parrow, Jr.
Retired Chelsea Fire Captain and former Ward Five Alderman
Kenneth J. Parrow, Jr. passed away January 27 at the Chelsea Soldiers Home where he had been receiving supportive care for the past few years. He was 91 years old.
Born, raised and a lifelong resident of Chelsea, he was one of five sons of the late CFF Kenneth J., Sr. and Kathleen (Thornton) Parow. Kenny attended local schools and was a member of Chelsea High School, Class of 1941. He enlisted in the US Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged in February of 1946.
Shortly after returning home to Chelsea, he wed his beloved Alice Therese Rennie. The couple remained in Chelsea and together raised their family of three sons and one daughter.
As a young father, he joined the Chelsea Fire Department, following in the footsteps of his late father, Chelsea Firefighter Kenneth Parow, Sr., His father was one of the first of Chelsea professional firefighters who died several years earlier from line of duty injuries in 1943. Kenny rose through the ranks retiring at the rank of Fire Captain in 1982 after 33 years of service to the community.
He also served as union president of the Chelsea Firefighters Local 937 and under Mayor Spellman, Kenny was the civil defense director for Chelsea. In his retirement, he was elected to the Chelsea Board of Alderman representing the city’s Ward 5 district.
In September of 2014, he was widowed after 66 years of marriage with his beloved wife Theresa. In addition to his wife and parents, Kenny was also preceded in death by three brothers: Walter J., Robert J., and Edward Brian Parow. He was the devoted father of Kenneth J. Parow, III of Chelsea, Donna Marie Cronin of Hardyston, NJ, Richard J. Parow and his wife, Mary Alice of Windham, NH and Robert J. Parow and his wife, Terry of Wilmington; dear brother of George V. Parow of Clearwater FL and is also lovingly survived by his grandchildren: Michael K. Cronin and his wife, Amanda, Shawn R. Parow, Dr. Aimee Marie Parow, Christopher J. Parow, Christopher J. Cronin and his wife, Sarah, Kevin J. Parow, Allison L. Parow, Drew Cronin and his wife, Lauren, Timothy J. Parow and Briana K. Parow and his adored great grandchildren: Kali, Emily, Cameron, Thomas and Caitlin Cronin.
His Funeral was held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Michael the Archangel Chapel, (Soldiers Home) Chelsea. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, PO Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit
of East Boston
Vincent J. Luciano passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a sudden onset of heart illness. He was 84 years of age.
Born and raised in East Boston, he was one of three children born to Nicholas and Anna R. Luciano. He attended local schoolsand graduated from High School in Utica New York. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1951 serving during the Korean Conflict; he was honorably discharged and returned home to East Boston. He continued his education at Boston University receiving a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
He married Ann M. Tennerini and shared the past 56 years together residing in Chelsea with his wife making their home on Columbus Street to raise and support his family. Vincent worked as a Spectrometrist with Thermo Jarrell-Ash, developing scientific lab equipment. He retired in 1994 after 35 years with that company. In his lifetime, he enjoyed relaxing with family on weekends, being an all-around home-handyman, watching baseball and football, following the Red Sox and Patriots.
He is survived by his beloved wife Ann M. (Tennerini) Luciano. He was the devoted father of Judith Luciano and her husband, Brian Seigel of No.Andover, Joan Federico and her husband, Pat of Saugus, Janet Luciano and her husband, Steven Stoddard of Tewksbury. He was the dear brother of Carol Ballou of Amesbury and Daniel Luciano of Peabody; cherished grandfather of Dr. Domenic Martinello and his wife, Natalie of Chester, NH and Frank Federico of Saugus.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Entombment was at Holy Cross Mausoleum, Malden.
Sophie “Puffie” Zullo
Active in resident affairs at Admiral Towers
Sophie M. “Puffie” Zullo, a lifelong Chelsea resident, passed away after a short period of declining health on January 4 at the Bear Hill Nursing Center at Wakefield where she had been receiving supportive care over the past two weeks. She was 95 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Vincent and Michalina (Sylvanowicz) Bazylewicz. Sophie attended local schools and continued her education and formal training in hairdressing at the Regency Beauty School in Boston. As a professional hairdresser she worked for Stella’s Beauty Salon in Chelsea.
She was married to Charles “Jerry” Zullo and raised her family of three daughters and one son in Chelsea. As a single mother she supported her family working outside of her household for Jordan Marsh in Boston at the store’s blouse counter and at the Gilchrist’s candy counter in town. She was later hired as the Office Manager for Metal Spinners, a machine shop in Malden, working there up to her retirement. She was a member and secretary of the Polish National Alliance, she enjoyed Square Dancing and was past president of the Checkerboard Squares dance club.
She was a 20 year resident at Admiral Towers in Chelsea and was active in resident affairs there. A renowned home cook and baker she once received an award for her fudge recipe given by the Karo Syrup Co.
In addition to her parents and former husband, she was also preceded in death by siblings; Jane Juliano, Monica Thacker, Albert and Theodore Bazylewicz, a son-in-law Dick Ross and two of her grandchildren. She is survived by her loving children and their spouses; Barbara Ross of Saugus, Christine Gray and her husband, Harold of Laguna Niguel, CA, Phillip Zullo and his wife, Lisa of Tewksbury, Geraldine Degurski and her husband, John of Burlington; a sister of Amelia Phillips of Cambridge, eight grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the
Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to “Boston” Catholic TV, PO Box 9196, Watertown, MA 02471
NYNEX retiree, hospital volunteer and lifelong St. Stanislaus parishioner
Helene H. Jakusiak a lifelong resident of Chelsea,, passed away on January 31 at the Eastpointe Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center in Chelsea where she was receiving supportive care for the past few months. She was 96 years old.
Born, raised and a lifelong resident of Chelsea, she was the beloved daughter of the late Anthony and Maryanne (Matys) Jakusiak. Helene attended St. Stanislaus Parochial School and graduated from Chelsea High School. Early on she began her working career with New England Telephone and Telegraph Co.,in Boston beginning as a switchboard operator and later in the business office in Boston. She transitioned along with New England Tel & Tel. Co. to NYNEX before retiring from a career that lasted for more than two score years.
She was a lifelong parishioner and communicant of St. Stanislaus Church in Chelsea and a longtime member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. She was a past member of the former St. Stanislaus Get Together Club and the Chelsea Senior Citizens Club. In her lifetime she enjoyed working as a volunteer at the Chelsea Soldiers Home, Quigley Hospital and at the Whidden Memorial Hospital. She also enjoyed traveling.
In addition to her parents, Helene was also predeceased by all of her siblings and their spouses; the late John Jakusiak, Alexander and Helen F. Jakusiak, Mary and John Dobbs, Edna and Andy Soja, Chester and Connie Jakusiak and Stanley Jakuisiak. She was the cherished aunt of Joanne Stevens and her late husband, Danny, Bernadette Hockney and her late husband, George, Marcia Aloi and her husband, Fred, Felicia Schwindt, Janice Hitchcock and her husband, Al, the late Maryanne Jakusiak, Virginia Stevens and Patricia Hatfield, dear step-aunt to Gloria Morris, Lawrence Scacchi, Maryanne Scacchi, and the late Diane Testa. She was the cherished great and great grandaunt of Jeffrey and Debbie Aloi with their daughter Theresa, Victoria and Patrick Curran with their daughters Alannah and Allie, Gary Hockney and many additional great-nieces, great-nephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.
Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday February 6 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St., 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 on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to a charity of their choice.
Meat cutter, past member of
Merritt Club in Chelsea
Lawrence P. “Larry” Creilson passed away unexpectedly on January 19 in his Everett home. He was 91 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the youngest of three children born to Leo J. and Alice (O’Brien) Creilson. Larry attended local schools and was a member of Chelsea High School Class of ’43. He was called into active duty with the Navy in December of ’42. He served at the rank of Radioman 2nd class and was stationed in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre aiding in the Philippine liberation forces. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and returned home to Chelsea.
Returning to civilian life he began working at the Chelsea Naval Hospital. There he met his future bride, Carmella “Mella” Rizzo. They were soon married and settled in Everett raising their family of one son and two daughters. Larry continued working primarily as a meat cutter in the Naval Hospital kitchen. He also held various second jobs to better support his family, among them was as the head waiter for the “Boston Club” on Beacon St. in Boston. He remained with the Naval Hospital right up to the time of its closing in1974. From there he went to work for Newman’s Meat Market as a butcher and also as a short order cook for Frank’s Donut Shop in Cary Square and lastly with Curley’s Restaurant in Chelsea Square before taking his full retirement.
Larry was widowed four years ago after sharing 64 years together with his beloved wife “Mella.” In his lifetime Larry enjoyed time with family and was a passionate Red Sox fan, preferring radio broadcast of the games over TV. He was a past member of the Merritt Club in Chelsea. Although he resided in Everett for the past 67 years, it was said that he still lived in Chelsea, working, trading, shopping and visiting with friends both new and old.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was also predeceased in death by his siblings; Angelina Skerry and John Creilson. He was the devoted father of Linda McNamara and her husband, John of Ireland and Lawrence P. Creilson Jr. and his wife, Linda of Snellville, GA, and Susan Dascoli and her husband, Frank of Saugus. He was the cherished grandfather of Andrea Connolly and her husband, Gareth, Michael Dascoli, Gina Dascoli, Alexander Creilson and Nicholas Dascoli and the adored great grandfather of Charlotte, Isabelle and Rachel Connolly.
Funeral arrangements were by Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
Toni Ann Mendoza
Dental assistant, Boston hotel waitress and talented singer
Toni Ann Mendoza passed away unexpectedly on Saturday January 30 at the Brigham and Women’s, Faulkner Hospital in Boston. She was just 29 years old..
She was one of four daughters born to Susan K. Griffin and the late Bruce Griffin. Toni attended grade school at St. Rose Elementary School and attended North East Regional Vocational Technical High School in Wakefield, graduating with a proficiency in Dental Assistance. She enjoyed working in that capacity at a dental practice in Burlington; she also worked waitressing at downtown Boston Hotels. Given her affable nature and personable charm she related well to all people, and made friends with great ease. She was lover of music and song and she very much enjoyed sharing her talent for singing whenever the opportunity allowed.
She was the loving mother of Alexander Mendoza, beloved daughter of Susan K, Griffin and the loving sister of Crystal, Jennifer and Erin Griffin, all of Chelsea. She was the former wife of Alex D. Mendoza and the cherished granddaughter of Sally Brennan and the late Thomas Brennan, Loretta Griffin and the late James Griffin.
All funeral services will be private.
Devoted to St. Mary’s Orthodox
Church of Chelsea
Anna Melesciuc of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, passed away on January 20 while rehabilitating at the Lighthouse Nursing Center in Revere following a brief period of declining health and aging. She was 94 years old.
Born in Newington, New Hampshire, she was one of 10 children given to the late Stephen and Urstina Mary (Rockowitz) DeMetrick. A longtime Chelsea resident she garnered her early education, married and settled in Chelsea. In the mid 1940’s, during World War II, she joined the home wartime effort working as a Production Aide for the BF Goodrich Company in Watertown manufacturing rubberized garments and boots for the troops overseas.
Anna held a lifelong devotion to St. Mary’s Orthodox Church in Chelsea and was a member of St. Mary’s Council and the Church Women’s Guild. She had been a resident of Revere for the last 20 years.
In addition to her parents, Anna was predeceased by her beloved husband Alexis Melesciuc, her loving daughter Arlene Burke, son-in-law Robert L. Burke and siblings: the late Olga Beeler, Mary Pierro, Alice Freitas, Stephen and John DeMetrick, Raymond, Fred, Paul and Henry Metrick. She is survived by grandchildren: John Burke and Jennie Solis and her husband, Javier, all of Revere. She was the adored great grandmother of Alexis Solis.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
Edward M. Bazzylewicz, formerly of Chelsea, died unexpectedly in Worcester on Wednesday, September 30. He was 67 years old.
He was born and raised in Chelsea, the beloved son of the late Adalbert and Olga (Osowick) Bazylewicz; brother of Roberta Monkiewicz and her late husband. Anthony, and the late Albert Bazylewicz and Robert P. Bazylewicz; uncle of Peter and Jean Ellen Monkiewicz, Philip Monkiewicz and Roberta and Charles VanderHeyden and the adored great uncle of Arioch, Talia and Emma Monkiewicz.
His Funeral will be conducted from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Tuesday, October 6 followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St. Chelsea. (Times to be Announced) Services will conclude with entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home on Monday (Times to be announced) Funeral Home fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit
Leona ‘Libby’ Grell
Former Chelsea resident
Leona “Libby” (Rubenstein) Grell, formerly of Chelsea, passed peacefully on September 25.
Libby was a vibrant woman who was highly respected and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Manuel Grell and is survived by her son, Steve of California; her former son-in-law and his wife, Carl and Sharon Minkovitz of Revere; grandchildren Gina and Ron Ellison, Greg Minkovitz and Brad and Kristina Minkovitz. She was also the adored great grandmother of Tori and Ava; sister to Shirley Cohen, the late Selma Galer, Bertha Seigal and Herbert Rubenstein.
Service and burial were held Sunday in Boca Raton, Florida. Memorial donations may be made to the Manuel R. Grell Home Care Agency, 201 Captains Row, Chelsea, MA 02150 or Temple Emmanuel, 60 Tudor Street, Chelsea, MA 02150.
Irvin Javier de Paz Castro
Chelsea High School Freshman
Irvin Javier de Paz Castro of Chelsea died tragically at 15 years of age on Sunday, September 20. He was pronounced in the Emergency Dept. at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Born in Zacatecoluca, El Salvador, the beloved son of Griselda A. Castro Reyes and dear step-son of Carlos Morales, Irvin resided in Chelsea with his parents since 2007. He attended Chelsea schools and was just beginning his freshman year at Chelsea High School. He enjoyed swimming, cars and going to the movies as well as spending some time playing PlayStation video games.
His Funeral was conducted from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea on September 24. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
Known for his easy personality and as a great conversationalist
Octavio Baez of Lynn, formerly of Chelsea, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on September 25 after a short illness. He was 87 years old.
Born and raised in Ciales, Puerto Rico, the loving son of the late Juan Baez and Jacinta Reyes, he settled in Chelsea in 1968 and worked for 27 years for Community Suffolk Farms in Chelsea, retiring in 1993. He moved to Lynn eight years ago.
Throughout his life, he was well known for his easy going personality and was also a great conversationalist who love socializing with friends both new and old.
He was the dear brother of Luis Baez and his wife, Anna, Rosa Baez, Melita Baez and the late David Baez and Reina Baez. He is also survived by his beloved niece and caregiver Nancy Baez of Lynn and several nieces and nephews.
His Funeral was held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea on September 30 followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Rose Church. Entombment was at Holy Cross Chapel Hill Mausoleum, Malden. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit:
Albert P. “Buzz” Bazylewicz of Wenham, formerly of Chelsea, passed away on September 23 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers after a short illness. He was 71 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, the beloved son of the late Adalbert and Olga (Osowick) Bazylewicz, attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. He enlisted in the US Army during the Vietnam Era and was honorably discharged.
In his earlier days, “Buzz” worked for US Gypsum in Charlestown and later as a Union Iron Worker. He also worked for many years for Kayem Foods in Chelsea as a machinist and equipment maintenance worker.
“Buzz’ also resided in Malden for several years before settling with family in Wenham five years ago.
He enjoyed playing pool and billiards and was a well-known and admired patron of Amazin Billiards, Malden. He was the loving brother of Roberta Monkiewicz and her late husband, Anthony Bazylewicz and the late Robert P. Bazylewicz; cherished uncle of Peter and Jean Ellen Monkiewicz, Philip Monkiewicz and Roberta and Charles VanderHeyden; adored great uncle of Arioch, Talia and Emma Monkiewicz and dear friend of Thomas and Mary Jane Surette.
A Funeral Mass was said by Rev. Andrew T. Grelak on at St. Stanislaus Church in Chelsea. Services concluded with Interment at the Iron Rail Cemetery in Wenham. For guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit: www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Chester . “Chet Zak’ Zaksheski, Chelsea Funeral Director and lifelong resident of the city, passed away Monday morning, June 15 at the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea after a short period of overwhelming illness. He was 88 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, the beloved son of the late Anthony W. and Josephine U. (Trocki) Zaksheski, Chester attended St. Stanislaus Polish Parochial School and went on to attend Chelsea High School graduating with the Class of ‘44.
He enlisted in the US Navy, served during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946 at the rank of Motor Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class. He returned home to Chelsea and enrolled in Tufts College and later the New England Institute of Anatomy and Science in Boston. He became a licensed Funeral Director in 1949, immediately joining his father operating the Anthony Zaksheski and Son Funeral Service on lower Broadway in Chelsea.
He married his beloved wife Charlotte J. (Romaszko) in 1950 and together they raised their family of one son and four daughters in Chelsea. He was appointed by the City of Chelsea to serve as trustee to the Chelsea Soldiers Burial Lot overseeing the purchase of grave space in Woodlawn Cemetery providing burial space for Chelsea Veterans.
In 1965, six years after the passing of his father, he constructed and opened a new location in Cary Square, Chelsea establishing the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home in honor of his late father. In 1980, Chester was joined by his son, Peter operating the Funeral Home at that Chelsea location.
He was appointed to the Chelsea Board of Health serving as board member and later assuming the role of Chairman for several years. In 1999 the family business merged and acquired the Welsh Funeral Home on Broadway in Chelsea and since that time he has assumed the role of Director Emeritus.
He has been a licensed Funeral Director for 65 years and in his semi-retirement he would often accompany veteran services to the National Cemetery in Bourne. In earlier years, Chester also worked for a Cambridge based livery company providing hearses and assisting fellow Funeral Directors in the course of their business. He was a current member of the PAV Post 13 Chelsea and the Polish Political Club. Chester was a past member of the St. Stanislaus Holy Name Society and one time Choir Member. He held positions as an Assistant Boy Scout Master, past member of the American Legion Post 34, the Chelsea Rotary Club and The 100 Club of Mass. He was a lifelong communicant and parishioner of St. Stanislaus Church in Chelsea and would frequently attend Mass at the Chelsea Soldiers Home, St. Michael the Archangel Chapel.
In addition to his parents, Chester was preceded in death by his daughter, Dianne Marie in 1969, his beloved wife, Charlotte J. in 1995 after 45 years of marriage, and by his grandson, Jonathan last year. He is survived by his devoted son, Peter A. Zaksheski and his wife, Donna M. of Chelsea, three loving daughters; Linda S. Wood and her husband, David of Sierra Vista AZ, Andrea Z. Jackowski of Royersford, PA and Patricia J. O’Donnell and her husband, William of Peabody. He was the dear brother of Helen A. Wilson of Peabody and the late Irene J. Schultz; cherished grandfather of Amanda D. Jackowski, Christopher S. Jackowski and Jonathan’s wife, Elizabeth Jackowski, all of Pennsylvania and the adored great grandfather of Charlotte Jackowski together with Zach, Anna and Tori Fokin.
His Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday June 20 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut 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 on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. A Vigil / Wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. Should friends desire, donations in his memory may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Foundation, “Leonard Florence Center for Living” 165 Captain’s Row, Chelsea MA 02150. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit
Stella A. (Busz) Domoretsky, born in Manchester, NH and a Chelsea resident all of her life until moving to Life Care Center of Stoneham over two years ago to receive supportive care, passed away Thursday afternoon, June 11 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital shortly after admittance to the emergency room. She was 90 years old.
She was the devoted wife of the late Walter Domoretsky and fiancee of the late Edward Johnson; beloved mother of Donald Domoretsky, Sr. and his wife, Marilyn of Stoneham and Michael Domoretsky, Sr. of Ipswich; sister of the late Jennie Dedeo and her late husband, Joseph; sister-in-law of John and Sophie Kanarkiewicz and the late Vasily and Michael Domoretsky and cherished grandmother of Donald, Jr., Brian, Lisa, Michael Jr., Erica, Ashley and Traeger. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Stanislaus Church and interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Expressions of sympathy in Stella’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To send a message of condolence to Stella’s family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com
Lifelong Chelsea resident
Mary E. (Allen) Verrengia passed away Monday evening, June 8 in the peaceful surroundings of her home with her caring family at her side. She was 86 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, the loving daughter and only child of the late Francis Allen and Gertrude (Fariole) Griffin, Mary attended local schools. and was the beloved wife of the late Anthony Verrengia. She raised two children and worked for a time outside of her home for Technicolor in Boston as a film developer and later as an assembler at Marsons Corp in Chelsea. In her lifetime she much preferred the quite stay at home lifestyle caring for her family and beloved pets. She also enjoyed socializing at her favorite hair and nail salons. She was the devoted mother of Dolores Decareau of Nashua, NH and Richard Verrengia of Chelsea and was the cherished grandmother of Richard Decareau and his wife, Sharyn, also of Chelsea.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the MSPCA, 350 South Huntington St., Boston, MA 02130. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit
Retired Chelsea Firefighter and Fire Inspector; led Chelsea Fire Department Color Guard; Served on Pop Warner Board of Directors
Robert R. “Sarge” Dion, Sr. of Huntington Beach, California, formerly of Chelsea, passed into eternal rest with his loving family at his side on July 25 at Long Beach Veterans Hospital in Long Beach, California. He was 85 years old.
He was a US Marine who fought in Korea and was one of the “Chosin Few Members” from the “Chosin River Battle.”
“Sarge” retired from the Chelsea Fire Department as a Fire Inspector in March of 1982. He was the founder and leader of the Chelsea Fire Department Color Guard established in 1970 and served on the Pop Warner Board of Directors in 1972-1973.
He was the loving husband of Joan (Forti) Dion with whom he shared 55 years of marriage; the father of Robert, Jr. and his wife, Paula of Los Angeles, California, Michael and his ife, Yvette of Menisee, California, Dennise Dion Merhoff of Hungtington Beach, California and the grandfather of six: Montana (USMC), Madison, Michelle, Mason, Dominque and Mitchell.
Services were held at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Huntington Beach on August 1. Private burial will be held at a later date at the Riverside Veterans Cemetery in Riverside, California. Memorial donation may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project.
Proprietor of Romano Roofing
Angelo Romano of Chelsea died on August 17 after a brief illness. He was 69 years old.
Angelo was the proprietor of Romano Roofing, a member the Revere Loyal Order of Moose 1272, the Sons of Italy and the VFW Mottolo Post.
He was the husband of Doris (Smith) Romano; beloved father of Maria Romano and Leslie Crespo of Revere, Angelo J. Jr. of Peabody, Alison Addario and her husband, Steven of Boxford and Janine Romano of Chelsea; loving son of the late Guiseppe and Maria (Salemi) Romano; dear brother of Carlo of Maryland and Anthony “Pino” of California; loving grandfather of Steven III, Isabella, Matthew, Ayla and an expected grandson in October. Angelo was the proprietor of Romano Roofing.
His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere today, Thursday, August 21 at 9 a.m. Followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Angelo’s memory to the charity of your choice. To share a memory or condolence or to sign the online guestbook, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com
Armando Lopez passed away in his Chelsea home on August 6.
He was born and raised in Honduras and has been a Chelsea resident for many years. He is survived by his wife, Juana Lopez of Chelsea, his children, grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Rose Church on Wednesday, August 20. Interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.
Robert ‘Bob’ Wasson
Retired deisel mechanic, Member of VFW and International Brotherhood of Machinists
Robert W. “Bob” Wasson passed away on Monday, August 18 at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington after a suffering a major stroke days earlier. He was 81 years old.
Born in Chelsea, he was the beloved son of the late Vernon L. and Florence J. (Ryan) Wasson.
Bob was raised in Everett where he attended and graduated from Everett High School. Immediately after graduating from high school, Bob enlisted in the USAF serving during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1956 at the rank of Sergeant. He returned to Chelsea where he married Jeanette E. “Mitzie” (Richard) and together they began raising their family in Chelsea before settling in Saugus nearly 50 years ago.
Bob was preceded in death by his beloved wife “Mitzie” in 2007 after sharing 54 years of marriage. He worked as a diesel mechanic for Clark & Wilcox in Allston for 30 years, repairing cranes, bulldozers, tractors and other types of heavy earth moving equipment. He was also employed as the onboard diesel mechanic aboard the “Gunners Mate” a private 55’ vessel docked in Revere. He later worked for Deck House manufactured homes in Alton, NH from the mid 80’s until retiring in 1997. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post 2346 Saugus and International Brotherhood of Machinists.
Bob took great pride and pleasure repairing various types of motors and machines; He loved time spent outdoors in northern New England, Maine and New Hampshire and sharing time with his grandchildren. He was the devoted father of Michael Wasson and his wife, Angela, Mark Wasson and his wife, Paula, all of Billerica and John Wasson and his wife, Debbie of Peabody; dear brother of Maureen and Patricia; cherished grandfather of Tyler, Daniel and Bobby Wasson. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and his canine companion “Mischief.”
His funeral services will be conducted from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, August 22 at 10 a.m.Services will conclude with interment at Evergreen Cemetery in Pembroke, New Hampshire. 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. The Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to “My Brothers Table” 98 Willow St., Lynn, Ma 01901. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Former meat cutter at Colonial Provisions
Having endured lung cancer for the past two years, Jesus Iraola passed away at the age of 68 on Saturday, August 16 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers.
Jesus, who was born and raised in Arroyo Puerto Rico, was the beloved son of the late Faustino and Evarista Vega Iraola. He received his early education in Puerto Rico.
As a young man he settled in Boston’s South End before moving to Chelsea nearly 30 years ago. He worked as a meat cutter at Colonial Provisions in Dorchester and received a disability retirement several years ago.
He is survived by his beloved companion and fiancée Flor Vega also of Chelsea. He was the dear father of Jesus R. Iraolaand his wife, Gladys of Whitman, Ricardo Iraolo of Chelsea, William E. Iraolaof Hyde Park and Noeida Gamarra and her husband, Jonathan of Oceanside, New York; the dear brother of Benito, Antonio, Angel Luis and Lucia Iraola, Maria Adela Irizarry, Norma Iris and the late Gilberto Iraola. He is also survived by his former wife Virginia Lebron, 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
His funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, August 21 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com.
Talented seamstress; worked at Standard Box and waitressed at French Club in Chelsea
Bernice (Arsenault) DeRoche passed away on August 14 at the Bear Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Stoneham where she has been receiving supportive care for the last eight months. She was 94 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the beloved daughter of the late Emile and Jenny (Perry) Arsenault. She attended local schools and was married to Hector DeRoche,they settled and resided in Chelsea for many years. Her husband passed away in 1982.
Bernice worked outside of her home as a machine operator for Standard Box. She was also a talented seamstress and produced custom made slipcovers and pillowcases from her home. She also worked as a waitress at the French Club in Chelsea. She retired from Standard Box and waitressing but she continued her custom sewing well into her eighties.
In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by her son, Robert DeRoche in 2003; her sister, Eva Polito; her brothers, Tilmon Arsenault, Edward Arsenault and Larry Arsenault. She is survived by her daughter in law Joan DeRoche of Alton Bay, NH, a son, Stephen Corder DeRoche of Danvers; her sisters: Dorothy LeGeres of Canada, Marie Garrett of Lafayette LA, Noel Arsenault of South Carolina, Theresa O’Driscoll of Chelsea, Lorraine Barnacle of Missouri, Doris Doucette of Reading and Margaret Porrazzo of North Carolina. She is also survived by five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, four great great-grandchildren and many nieces nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Revere on August 19. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory can be made to the “Activity Fund” at Bear Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 11 North St., Stoneham, MA 02180. Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com.