Obituaries 01-27-2011

January 27, 2011
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Audrey Garbarino

Retired LPN

Audrey M. (Banks) Garbarino passed away on January 24 at the Greenwood Nursing Home in Wakefield where she has been receiving supportive care for the past two years.  She was 86 years old.

Born in Shag Harbor, Nova Scotia, she was the beloved daughter of the late Aubrey J. and Esmeralda (Greenwood) Banks.  She received her early education in Shag Harbor and as a young lady she settled with her family in East Boston. She continued her education locally, attending nursing school and graduating in 1945 as a Licensed Practical Nurse.  She began nursing at Winthrop Community Hospital and the Grover Manor Hospital in Revere and after that hospital closed she completed her career at the Glenridge Nursing Home in Malden.

She was the former wife of the late Charles F. Garbarino (Ret. Chelsea Fire Dept. mechanic); devoted mother of James C. Garbarino and his wife, Mary, of West Warwick, RI, Joseph A. Garbarino of Malden and John F. Garbarino and his wife, Jean, of North Revere; dear sister of Roy Banks of Texas, Isa Lang and Blanche Lyons and longtime friend of Barbara Noble of Malden. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and one great greatgrandson. She was also the great grandmother of the late Stephen Garbarino.

Her Funeral Service will be conducted from the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday, January 29 at 10 a.m. Rev. Dr. Al Everton will officiate.  Services will conclude with burial in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.  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.  To send expressions of sympathy and for directions, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com. Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial / Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Homes.

Judith Ann Welsh

Former Bank Teller

Judith Ann (Marshall) Welsh passed away on January 23 in her Saugus home after a long illness. She was 64 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late John A. and Marion Alma (McGurin) Marshall.  She attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. During the sixties she was married to Thomas Williams.  Together they raised their family here for 33 years. Her husband passed away in 1999.

She worked outside her home as a Bank Teller for the Shawmut Bank in Chelsea and continued working as a Customer Service Specialist for Alliance Fuel before completely retiring.

She has been married to Barry Welsh for the past nine years and together they resided in Saugus for the last six years.  She enjoyed spending leisure time at Angle Pond Campground in Sandown NH.

The beloved wife of nine years of Barry F. Welsh and the late Thomas J. Williams, she was the devoted mother of James J. Williams and his wife, Fran, of Northfield NH, William F. Williams and his wife, Sarah, of Saugus, Julie A. Fry and her husband, Al, of Natick; dear sister of John Marshall of Quincy, Barbara Philbrook of Florida and the late Skippy Marshall; cherished grandmother of Magan, Brittany and Tommy Williams, Candice Leedham, Hannah William and Claire Williams.  She is also survived by seven grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be conducted from the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, January 27 at 10 a.m. Rev. Richard T. Loring will officiate.  Services will conclude with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. For online guestbook and directions, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com.

James Paul Santa Anna

Revere resident

James Paul Santa Anna of Revere died on January 21.

A Vietnam veteran, he was the beloved son of Gregory and Joan (Robitaille) of Revere; dear brother of Diane Delaney and her husband, Robert, of Revere and Janet Santa Anna of Danvers; loving uncle of Michael, Robert and Kellie; grand uncle of Ashleigh, Chloe, Brooklyn, Savannah and Brianna and is also survived by his special aunt Ruthy and many more loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. www.Buonfiglio.com

Millie Rock

Chelsea resident

Millie J. (Richard) Rock of Chelsea passed away at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home on January 22 following a long illness. She was 87 years old.

Born in Malden, she was the daughter of the late Archie and Emma (Gallant) Richard. She grew up in Malden and attended schools there. She was a resident of Chelsea for many years and a longtime parishioner of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish. She and her husband relocated to Fairhaven, MA for 25 years. She returned to Chelsea in 2004 and has been receiving supportive care at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home for the last two years.

A devoted wife and mother, she spent her life at home caring for her family.

She was the beloved wife of the late Gerald L. Rock; devoted mother of Richard R. Rock and his wife, Kathy, of Billerica and Robert J. “Bob” Rock, Sr. and his wife, Betty, of Saugus; dear sister of Joseph D. Richard and his wife, Linda, of Vero Beach, FL; cherished grandmother of Krysten Trainor and her husband, Rob, Kelly M. Dunnock and her husband, David, Robert J. “Bobby” Rock, Jr., Sean R. Rock and Timothy S. Rock; adored great grandmother of Kaitlyn and Jason Dunnock. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, January 28 at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 9 a.m. Services will conclude with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m.  Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Foundation, 17 Lafayette Ave. Chelsea, MA 02150. To send expressions of sympathy and for directions, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com.

Daniel ‘Dee’ ‘Danny’ Robinson Jr.

Virginia resident and Chelsea native

Daniel “Dee” “Danny” Robinson, Jr. of Virginia Beach, Virginia, a Chelsea native, died on January 9 at Riverside Hospital in Newport News, VA. He was 39 years old.

He was married to Tammy Robinson, was employed with Dixon Auto Sales as a Car Salesmen and was a member of Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, Chesapeake.  He graduated from North High School in Wichita, KS.

He was the grandson of Emerline Smith Cromwell and Walter Robinson and great-grandson of Leon and Ethel Smith and Donald and Elizabeth Sneed. Along with his wife, he leaves to cherish his memory, one daughter Nasenya, three sons, Jamal, Daniel, and Tyree, all of Virginia Beach, his mother and Pops Doreen (Smith) Hornbeak and Steve Hornbeak, Sr., and his father, Daniel Robinson, Sr., three sisters, Kisha Thomas, Kalani Hornbeak and Kristina Hornbeak, all of Virginia Beach, and one brother, Steve Hornbeak, Jr., of Virginia Beach, and his grandparents, Lucy Robinson of Everett and Donald Sneed of Roxbury, a niece, Aliyah Hornbeak, his nephews, Brandon Robinson, Lequan Thomas, Lamont Thomas, Jr. and Allen Hornbeak, all of Virginia Beach.

Funeral Services were held in Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church,  Chesapeake, VA with Bishop Kim Brown presiding. Burial  followed in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were by Beach Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. at Town Center, 4456 Bonney Road, Virginia Beach. www.beachfuneralandcremationservices

Helen Nowicki

Retired Caterer

Helen T. (Karas) Nowicki, a retired member of the Boston Catering Union, died following a short illness at Epoch Senior Healthcare in Melrose on January 21. She was 88 years of age.

Born, raised and educated in Lawrence, she was the daughter of the late John and Helen (Niewierowicz) Karas. She settled in Chelsea in 1947. She was a member of the Catering Union in Boston and worked for many years catering numerous events in various Boston area hotels and function facilities. She was a member of the St. Stanislaus Get Together Club and the former P.P.C. Ladies Auxiliary. She was a very active member of congress in the building government of her Chelsea residence. A loving mother, she enjoyed spending time and caring for her family.

She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas A. Nowicki; devoted mother of Christine Feeley and her husband, Jerry, of Georgetown, Maureen Altavilla and her husband, Ralph, of Chelsea and Carolyn Delaney of Chelsea; dear sister of Dr. Joseph Karas of Rumford, RI and the late Ann Weis; cherished grandmother of Paul Delaney, Erin Krasco, Michael and Greg Altavilla and adored great grandmother of Molly Delaney and Jack Krasco.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Stanislaus Church. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St. Framingham, MA 01701 or by visiting www.Cancer.org. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.AnthonyMemorial.com. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home.

Marilyn Abkowitz

Educator

Marilyn (Berger) Abkowitz of Raymond, NH died on January 23.

The beloved wife of 39 years of Alan Abkowitz, she was born in Brookline and attended the Everett Schools and high school.  A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, she was an Educational Tutor for the Hooksett, NH Memorial School and enjoyed astrology, numerology, reading and following biorhythms.

She was the devoted mother of Jeff Abkowitz, the dear sister of Theodore Berger and Sheila Genica of Thomasville, GA and is was also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Burial was in Everett.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 9 Riverside Road, Weston, MA  02493.  For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website, www.torffuneralservice.com.

Steven Thorner

Former Custodian

Steven F. Thorner of Revere died on January 18 at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital. He was 59 years old.

A former custodian, he was born in Chelsea, the son of the late William and Margaret (Christie) Thorner; the beloved husband of Paula J. (LeClair); devoted father of Britney M. Thorner; dear brother of Donna Irving of Saugus, Muriel Bennett of Beverly, William of New Hampshire, Michael of Revere, Robert of Stoneham and the late David Thorner.

Memorial funeral services were held in the Paul Buonfiglio &Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Lung Association, 460 Totten Pond Rd., Waltham MA 02451

Rafael Rodriguez

Construction Worker and Auto Body Technician

Rafael Rodriguez, a resident of Chelsea for many years, died on January 22 at the Massachusetts General Hospital after a long illness. He was 50 years old.

Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, prior to his illness, he worked in construction as well as an auto body technician.

He was the devoted husband of Beatriz Torres; beloved son of Nelida Rivera of Chelsea and the late Rafael Rodriguez; loving father of Tania Rodriguez and her companion, Jose Rios, and Ruby Rodriguez, all of Chelsea; dear brother of Nancy Ruperto of Revere, Madeline Rodriguez and Xavier “Lelo” Antonelli, both of Chelsea.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea.

To send a message of condolence to his family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com

Charles Kwiatkowski

Chelsea Housing Commissioner

Charles S. Kwiatkowski, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, passed away at home on January 22 after a courageous year long battle with cancer. He was 88 years old.

He retired as Director of Maintenance for the City of Chelsea Housing Authority at age 65. In his retirement, for 21 years ending in January of 2008, Charlie was the crossing guard at the entrance to St. Rose School. A US veteran of World War II, he was also a member of St. Andrews BBC Club, Dom Savio Fathers Club and Commissioner of the Chelsea Housing Authority.

He was the devoted husband of Mary E. (Leary); beloved father of Richard Kwiatkowski of Chelsea, Patricia Richard and her husband, William, of Somerset, NJ and Robert Kwiatkowski of Chelsea; dear brother of Chester Kwiatkowski of Chelsea and the late John Kwitkor; cherished grandfather of Tara Kwiatkowski of Melrose, Kristen Kwiatkowski of Tewksbury and Andrew and Brian Richard of Somerset, NJ. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Expressions of sympathy in his name may be made to the Hallmark Health Visiting Nurse and Hospice, Inc., 178 Savin Street, Malden, MA 02148 or to Sisters of Providence, 1 Sisters Providence, St. Mary of the Woods, Indiana 47876-1007.

To send a message of condolence to Charlie’s family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com

Anthony ‘Candido’ Fortes

Chelsea resident

Anthony P. “Candido”Fortes, son of the late Candido Fortes and Elizabeth Lopes, born in Chelsea on November 20, 1930, departed this life peacefully on January 21 to join his beloved late wife Sarajane Ford Fortes.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his children: Anthony Jr., Wayne, Scott, Kimberly, Tamu, Avery, Starlyn, Kenny, Rayshawn, Lonnie and Paul Fortes and one stepson, Clifford R. Ford; his sisters: Isabelle Martin-Allen, Caroline Hardwick and Cathleen Santio; his brothers, Joel Lopes, Edwin Fortes and Norman Lopes; a son, Anthony Scott Fortes, and a brother, Martin Fortes, preceded him in death. He is also survived by more than 60 grand, great grand and great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

A private service will be held at the Davis Funeral Home, Roxbury, MA.

Stanley ‘Steve’ Terchiak, Jr.

Retired Landscaper and Foster Father

Stanley S. “Steve” Terchiak, Jr. passed away in his Chelsea home after a long illness surrounded by his loving family on January 18. He was 64 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the loving son of the late Stanley S. Sr. and Mary (Delorey) Terchiak.  He attended local schools, graduated from Chelsea High School and worked as a landscaper – grounds man and irrigation specialist for 36 years at Charles River Park in Boston retiring in 2004.

He married Donna M. Ragucci and together they resided in Charles River Park and later in Charlestown before resettling in Chelsea 14 years ago.  He also worked as an independent landscaper for many years.

A devoted Catholic and parishioner of Our Lady of Grace Church, he and his wife opened their home to many foster children over the years.

He was the beloved husband of 32 years of Donna M. (Ragucci) Terchiak; devoted father of Nicole Boumel and her husband, Rick, of Methuen, David Terchiak and Bryant Ronstadt, both of Chelsea; the dear brother of Gerald Delorey of California, George Terchiak of Revere and Lenore Terchiak of Chelsea and the late Maureen Smith, Donna Ritch and Paul Terchiak; cherished grandfather of Joshua and Hailey Boumel and Cheyenne Ronstadt. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in Our Lady of Grace Church on January 24. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to a Charity of your choice.  For online guestbook, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com. Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.

Helen Fantasia

Retired Belle Steel Administrator

Helen F. (Boczkowski) Fantasia of Wakefield, formerly of Chelsea, passed away at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Stoneham on January 13 following a short illness.  She was 72 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the daughter of Jacob and Helen (Szkudlarek) Boczkowski.  She attended local schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1957 where she was a Chelsea High School Majorette.  After graduating from high school, she worked as a switchboard operator at Bell Telephone in Chelsea, finally settling with Belle Steel Industries as an administrator in East Boston until her retirement in 2000.

A loving mother, she devoted her life to her family and enjoyed bingo, a love for food and cats.  She will be missed by many relatives and friends.

The beloved wife of the late Patrick Anthony “Babe” Fantasia, she was the devoted mother of Joyce (Fantasia) Murphy and her husband, George Murphy, of Stoneham and Michael Fantasia of Westbrook, ME; loving daughter of the late Jacob and Helen (Szkudlarek) Boczkowski; dear sister of the late Pauline Jaynes and sister-in-law of Albert “Sonny” Jaynes, Roberta (Fantasia) Pelland and John Fantasia; grandmother of Thomas Fantasia of Falmouth and cherished aunt of Brooke Harrison of Lynn, Tiffany Anderson, Robert Jaynes and Albert Jaynes, all of Las Vegas.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Patrick’s Church in Stoneham on January 24. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory can be made to VNA Hospice Care in Woburn, 100 Trade Center, Suite G500, Woburn, MA 01801.  To send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.AnthonyMemorial.com. Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home.

Bertram Eliot Lipman

Owned Bell Provision of Chelsea

Bertram Eliot Lipman of Chicago, formerly of Newton and Revere, the son of Rebecca (Abelson) and Morris Lipman,  passed away peacefully, at age 87 in his apartment while on  vacation in Boca Raton, FL on January 19.

He was born in the Boston in 1923. He graduated with honors from Boston English High School and with an Engineering degree from Tufts University. “Bert” served as an officer in the Navy during World War II. After discharge,  he started his own business, The Bell Provision Company in Chelsea, which he owned and operated for more than 45 years. He was a past president of Temple Reyim in Newton and a member of the Masonic Lodge in Newtonville. He was also a board member of The St. George Condominium Association on Revere Beach and loved living by the ocean. His love and wry sense of humor will be missed by all.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Malkah Fried Lipman. He will be forever missed by his children: Hanna (Bob Niemiec), Carol (Vazha Papson), Richard (Debbie Green), Andrea Lipman; his grandchildren, Allia Brickman, Mimi and Jonathan Lipman, and his late sister Ruth Lipman. He is also survived by his loving brothers-in-law and sisters-in law, Drs. Seymour and Sylvia Fried, Celia and David Eysmann, the late Saundra Bonner, his many cousins, nieces and nephews, his devoted caregiver Stephen Abarilles, and his favorite dogs Rocco and Daisy.

Funeral services were held at Temple Reyim in West Newton. Burial was at Lindwood Memorial Park in Randolph. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Jewish War Veterans, 1811 R. Street NW, Washington, DC 20009 or Temple Reyim in Newton. Brezniak-Rodman Chapel www.brezniakrodman.com 617-969-0800

Frederick Ciampi III

Boston resident

Frederick F. Ciampi III of Boston, formerly of San Diego, CA, died on January 19.

The beloved husband of Claudia Biddle of Boston, he was the son of Frederick F. Jr. and his wife, Jean Ciampi, of Florida and Barbara Ciampi of Chelsea; grandson of Fred F. Sr. and the late Maxine Ciampi; brother of Christine Currier and her husband, Kevin, of Tamworth, NH; uncle of Justin Frederick Currier; nephew of Robert J. and his wife, Penny Ciampi, of Lynnfield and Camille Donnelly and her husband, James, of Saugus and Walter L. Jackson and his wife, Jeanine, of Natick.

Funeral arrangements were by The DeVito Funeral Home, Watertown. Memorial donations to The American Cancer Society , 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 would be greatly appreciated: www.devitofuneralhomes.com

Barbara Prunier

Retired John Hancock Computer Analyst

Barbara F. (McCormick) Prunier, formerly of Quincy and Chelsea, died January 20 at the Wakefield Care and Rehabilitation Center after a long illness. She was 81 years old.

Born, raised, and educated in Chelsea she graduated from Saint Rose High School in Chelsea. She lived in Wakefield for the last year, previously living in Quincy for 56 years. She worked as a Computer Analyst for the John Hancock Life Insurance Company in Boston for 40 years retiring many years ago.

She was the beloved wife of the late George R. Prunier; devoted daughter of the late Frederick L. and Helen R. (White) McCormick; loving sister of the late Mary E. Chaffin and her late husband, Robert, and the late Elinor R. Mullen and her late husband, Andrew. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, Quincy. Burial was in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Prunier’s memory may be made to Saint John the Baptist Church, c/o 21 Gay St., Quincy, MA 02169. You are invited to visit www.thesweeneybrothers.com.

Nicola Ruggiero

Revere resident

Nicola Ruggiero of Revere died on January 18. She was 70 years old.

Born in Melito, Irpino, Italy, he was the beloved Husband of 37 Years of Egidia (Preziosi) Ruggiero of Revere; the devoted, respected and adored father of Attorney Maria Ruggiero and her husband, Attorney Vincent P. Pace, of Revere and Berlin, CT, Nicole Marotta and her husband, Giuseppe Marotta, of Lynnfield, Anthony Ruggiero of Revere and Sabrina Vramis and her husband, Nicholaos Vramis, of Malden; eldest brother of Luigi Ruggiero of East Boston and Richard Ruggiero and his wife, Ann Marie, of Peabody; beloved and devoted grandfather “Nonno” of Salvatore, Nikolas, Ava and Gia Marotta, and Steven and Alexis Vramis.

Private Family Funeral Arrangements were held at Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home in Revere. Funeral Mass was held at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Revere. Interment was at Mausoleum at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Revere at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 29.


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