Carol A. (Strong) May of Saugus, formerly of Chelsea and Malden, died on November 28. She was 71 years old.
She was a retired nurse’s aide having worked at the Annemark Nursing Home in Revere for 20 years and was a former member of the Tontoquan Chapter 100 Order of the Eastern Star in Saugus.
She was the beloved mother of Robert E. May and his wife, Patricia, of Peabody, Robin A. Manning and her husband, John, of Groveland, Nancy E. May and her partner, Barbara Silva, of Arlington; daughter of the late Kenneth W. and Ada M. (House) Strong; sister of the late Kenneth R. Strong and Warren Strong and is also lovingly survived by 10 grandchildren.
A Holy Eucharist Service will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 127 Summer St., Lynnfield today, Thursday, December 2 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Interment of cremains will take place at Glenwood Cemetery in Everett at a later date. Funeral arrangements were by the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea.
Giuditta (Sabatino) Fabrizio died unexpectedly early Thanksgiving morning in her Chelsea home, sadly overwhelmed by grief for the past six months since the loss of her beloved husband, Sabino, in May. She was 76 years old. Together the couple shared 54 years of marriage and great devotion to one another.
Born and raised in Montefalcione, Avelino Region of Italy, she was the beloved daughter of the late Vincenzo and Raffaella (Ciampa) Sabatino. In 1956, she married Sabino, and in the early 1960’s they settled in London, England for 10 years. While in London she worked outside her home for the European Division of Polaroid. Together with her husband and daughter, they came to the United States and resided in Boston’s North End for nine years before relocating to Chelsea 31 years ago.
She worked for many years as a machine operator with Northeastern Envelope Company located in Boston and Braintree. She retired at the age of 67 when the company relocated to Chicago. A hardworking, loving homemaker, she devoted most of her time to family and enjoyed gardening, growing flowers and house plants.
She was the devoted mother of Raffaella F. DiStefano of Lynnfield; cherished grandmother of Raffaella, Oriana and Gianluca DiStefano, all of Lynnfield; dear sister of Mario and Vincenzo Sabatino, both of Canada, Armando Sabatino of Belgium and the late Anthony Sabatino; dear sister in law of Maria Sabatino of Readville, Domenico and Mafalda Fabrizio of Everett, Antonia and Giuseppe Pagliuca of Chelsea, Giuseppe Fabrizio of Chelsea, Gerardo and Antonietta Fabrizio of Saugus, Delia and Antonio Cassano of Lynnfield, Joann Fabrizio of Chelsea, Francesco Garofalo and Rosetta Brusaporco, both of Italy and the late Anna Fabrizio, Maria Garofalo and Antonio Fabrizio. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Anthony’s Church in Everett. Services concluded with entombment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com. Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.
Carlos A. Ramirez-Valentin, a self employed barber, died tragically on Thanksgiving morning in the Emergency Department of the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett. He was 30 years old.
Born in Mayaquez, Puerto Rico, he was the son of Maria Valentin of Chelsea and the late Rigoberto Ramirez. He has been a resident of Chelsea for 22 years, attended Shurtleff Middle School and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. He worked in the surrounding areas as a self employed on call barber serving his customers in their homes. He was an avid baseball and football fan.
He was the loving son of Maria Valentin of Chelsea and the late Rigoberto Ramirez; devoted brother of Ventura Ramirez, Rigoberto Ramirez, Brenda Liz Ramirez and Rigoalberto Ramirez, all of Chelsea, and Maria Ramirez of Rhode Island; dear nephew of Linda Cintron, Charles Valentin, Luis Cintron and Luis J. Cintron and is also survived by many cousins, relatives and friends.
A Funeral Service was held at the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home on December 1. Services concluded with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. To send expressions of sympathy to the family, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com.
Supervisor for CRW-Healthcare
Doreen M. (Maguire) O’Donnell died unexpectedly at her Revere home on November 28. She was 66 years old.
Born in Boston, she was a lifelong resident of Revere and an alumna of Immaculate Conception Grammar and High School and of Regis College, Class of 1966. She began her career with Chelsea-Revere-Winthrop Elder Healthcare in 1985 and has been a Supervisor of the Social Workers Division for more than 20 years. She was a past president and member of the Immaculata Guild.
She was the most devoted mother of James T. O’Donnell and his wife, Shannan K., of Revere and Mary-Margaret Zablocki and her husband, John C., of Fairfield, CT; cherished grandmother of Savanah A., Sabrina J. Maguire and Caitlyn R. O’Donnell, all of Revere and Mary Katherine Zablocki of Fairfield, CT. She is the dear sister of Sharon M. Ranno of Orlando, Florida, the aunt and Godmother to Nicole M. Davis and her husband, W. Spencer Davis and the grandaunt of S. Alex and Hope M. Davis, all of Washington DC. She is also lovingly survived by two uncles.
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, December 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Her Funeral will be conducted from the Funeral Home on Friday, December 3 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere, at 10:30 a.m. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Community Mausoleum, Malden. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that remembrances be made to the ALS Association-Mass Chapter, 320 Norwood Park South, Norwood, MA 2062 (www.webma.alsa.org.)
John Paul Copello Jr.
Certified nursing assistant
John Paul “Jaggar” Copello Jr., a former Certified Nursing Assistant and a lifelong Chelsea resident, died suddenly at the Whidden Memorial Hospital on November 26. He was 50 years old.
Born in Chelsea, he was the son of John P. Sr. and Clarice (Howe) Copello of Chelsea. He attended local public schools and worked here all his life as a mail sorter for Watson Mailing Service for several years and later as a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home for many years.
A caring man, who enjoyed helping others, he also cared for his parents in their home, enjoyed movies, being in the sun and spending time on the beach.
He was the loving son of John P. Sr. and Clarice (Howe) Copello of Chelsea; devoted brother of Helen Fahey and her husband, George, of Saugus, Anna Marie Breen of Lynn, Joanne Ely and her husband, Larry, of Everett, Paula MacDonald of Revere, Patricia Muse and her husband, Larry, of Maine and the late Catherine Ippolito; dear brother in law of John Ippolito of California and is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, a great-great niece and many friends.
A Memorial Mass was celebrated in St. Michael the Archangel Chapel on November 30. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Dr. Matthew S. Shwartz Hospice and Palliative Care, 285 Commandants Way, Chelsea, MA 02150. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com. Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.
Juana Monzon, devoted homemaker, died on November 18 at the Kaplan House Family Hospice in Danvers after a heroic battle with overwhelming illness. She was 65 years old. Born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, daughter of Concepcion Ortega and the late Heraclio
Monzon, she was raised in Bayomon and attended schools there. She came to Lawrence as a young lady and settled in Chelsea 15 years ago. She has been receiving supportive care at the Chelsea skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after suffering a major debilitating stroke two years ago. She was the devoted mother of Marisol Monzon and her husband, Hector Balcarel; cherished grandmother of Hector A. Balcarcel, Vanessa Balcarcel and Michelle Balcarcel, all of Everett; loving daughter of Conception (Ortega) Alers and the late Heraclio Monzon; dear sister of Herman Alers of Haverhill and Jose Alers of Methuen. A Funeral Service was held at the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home on November 20. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For online guestbook, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com.
Member of the St. Anthony’s Ladies Society
Jennie (Caputo) Boccuzzi of Revere died peacefully with her family by her side on November 28. She was 93 years old. A member of St. Anthony’s Ladies Society, she was the beloved wife of the late Ralph, the devoted mother of Theodore and his wife, Rose, of Penfield NY, Jean DiGiovanni and her husband, James, of Revere (who cared for her in her later years) and Mary Ann Cronin and her husband, Raymond, of Topsfield; dear sister of Joseph Caputo of South Boston, Viola Boffa of Saugus, Anthony Caputo of Chelsea, Angie DiStasio of New Hampshire, John Presto of Randolph, Josephine White of Florida and the late Louis Caputo, Frank Caputo, Mildred Giliberti, Salvatore Caputo, Frank Presto, Russell Presto. She is also survived by seven loving grandchildren and 13 great grand children and many nieces and nephews. Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere today, Thursday, December 2 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Anthony’s Church at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation MA Chapter, 29 Crafts St. Suite 450, Newton MA 02458. For guest book or flowers, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.
Bookkeeper, tireless volunteer
Beatrice (Barlow) Josephs- Barr of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on November 24. She was 93 years old. The beloved wife of the late Moses Leslie Barr and the late Irving Josephs, she was born in Chelsea and attended the Chelsea schools. She was a retired bookkeeper for Temple Emmanuel of Chelsea where she worked for many years. She served two terms as Past President of the Temple Emmanuel Sisterhood and two terms as Past President of her chapter B’nai B’rith. She was a tireless volunteer and fundraiser for many Jewish organizations. She was the devoted mother of Lewis S. Barr and his wife Rochelle, and Franklin J. Barr and his wife, Judith; the loving
daughter of the late Anna and Louis Barlow; the dear sister of Marilyn Furman; the loving grandmother of Melissa and her husband, Craig Carnahan, Keira and her husband, Rob Tamurian, and Alison and her fiancé, Joydeep Basu. She was the loving great grandmother of Catylyn, Morgan, Kelen, and Cole. Graveside services were held at the Ahavis Achim of Revere Cemetery, Everett. Contributions in her memory may be made to Temple Emmanuel, 60 Tudor St., Chelsea, MA 02150. For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website, www.torffuneralservice.com.
Thomas A. Marchione of Chelsea died on November 23. He was 93 years old. Born in Brighton, he was the son of the late Louis and Amelia (Costanza) Marchione. He was raised in Medford and graduated from Medford High School, Class of 1936. During Mr. Marchione’s lifetime, he had several careers. At one time he was employed
as a realtor and an apartment manager. He was also an accomplished artist having several of his osteo art sculptures featured in local banks and the Winthrop Art Gallery. He was the husband of Cheri (Phillippi) Marchione; father of Michelle Marchione of Lynn, Theresa McKenna of Lynnfield, Thomasina Marchione of East Boston, Anne Marie Tobin of Saugus and the late Grace Donati of Pennsylvania and is also survived by eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. A Memorial Gathering was held at Goodrich Funeral Home, Lynn.
Of Revere and Chelsea
Lena (Rosensky) Bresgal of Revere and Chelsea died on November 27. She was 94 years old. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert Bresgal; the devoted mother of Judith Geller and her husband, Steven, Harriet Spadin, and the late Sharon Hanela; the dear sister of the late Samuel Rosensky; the devoted
aunt of Harold Mindel and the loving grandmother of Robert Geller, Lisa Pulliam, Michael Geller, Melissa Finkel, Rachelle Hanela, and Gabrielle Hanela. She was also the loving greatgrandmother of three greatgrandchildren. Graveside services were held at the Sudilkov Cemetery, Everett. Contributions in her
memory may be made to the Gulfside Regional Hospice, 2144 Welbilt Boulevard, Trinity, FL 34655 or to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home Foundation, 17 Lafayette Avenue, Chelsea, MA 02150. For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website, www.torffuneralservice.com
Elizabeth “Bette” Spezzaferri of Manchester died November 24. She was 71 years old. She was born in Chelsea on December 31, 1938, to Daniel and Mary (Doherty) Murray. Family members include her children, Mary Beth Sargent of Nashua, Paula Moore of Milford, Paul of Candia, Jay Spezzaferri of Wilton and Mark Spezzaferri
of California; 10 grandchildren; two sisters, Margaret Corbett of Montana, Marie McDermott of Massachusetts; two brothers, Reverend John Murray of Montana and William Murray of Connecticut. Funeral arrangements were by the Lambert Funeral Home and Crematory. Burial was at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen. Memorial donations can be made to the Community Hospice House, 210 Naticook Rd., Merrimack, NH 03054-4601. For more information visit: www.lambertfuneralhome.com
Of Florida, formerly of Chelsea
Madeline (Falk) Bloom of Chelsea died on November 27. She was the beloved wife of the late Sidney Bloom with whom she shared 69 years of marriage. Born in Chelsea, she lived there for many years before moving to Florida. She was extremely dedicated to her family and in her free time enjoyed painting. She was the devoted mother
of Diane Berger Singer and the late Marvin Bloom; the dear sister of Ruth Selby and dear sister-in-law, Ruth Falk; the loving grandmother of Melissa Pidhorodeckyj and Nanci Weissgold and loving great grandmother of four. Graveside services were held at Agudas Shalom Cemetery, Everett on Tuesday, November 30 at 12 p.m. Donations in her memory may be made to the Cotting School, 453 Concord Ave., Lexington, MA 02421 or to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 138 Conant St., 1st Floor, Beverly, MA 01915. For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website: www.torffuneralservice.com.