Obituaries 05-26-2011

June 3, 2011
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Tomas Dominguez

Arlington resident

Tomas Dominguez of Arlington died on May 23.

He was the beloved husband of Carmen; loving father of Luz Aurora and her husband, Julio, and Carmen Dominguez, all of Arlington; brother of Jose and Celso Dominguez; grandfather of Jessica, Charles, Samantha, Alana and the late Tomas; great grandfather of Aurora, Tomas, Lilliana, Jose and Jayden and is also survived by his beloved nieces.

Funeral arrangements were by the Keefe Funeral Home, Arlington. Burial was in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Arlington. Memorial donations may be made to The Home for Little Wanderers, Development Dept., 271 Huntington Ave., 2nd Floor., Boston, MA 02115 or to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, 251 Post St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94108. For obituary or to send a condolence visit www.keefefuneralhome.com

Stella Avergun

Chelsea resident, formerly of West Roxbury

Stella G. (Goldsmith) Avergun of Chelsea, formerly of West Roxbury, died on May 20.

She was the beloved wife of the late Maurice A. Avergun; loved and loving mother of Nina Avergun of Medford and the late Erika “Ricki” N. Avergun; fond sister of Pearl Ross-field and her husband, Philip, of England and the late Marie Rosen and her surviving husband, Bertram Rosen, of England; dear aunt, cousin and friend.

Graveside services were held at Temple Emeth Memorial Park, West Roxbury. Memorial remembrances may be made to American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701 or Brookline Tai Chi, 1615 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446. Arrangements were by the Levine Chapels, Brookline 617-277-8300

Irene Harrington

Owner and operator of former Irene’s Spa

Irene B. (Rudolph) Harrington, owner and operator of Irene’s Spa in the 1970s, died at her Revere home on May 21. She was 76 years old.

She was raised in Chelsea and was a longtime resident in her family’s home on the corner of Spencer Avenue and Parker Streets. She has been residing in Revere for the past eight years. She attended local schools and after graduating High School she continued her education for two years attending business school.

In 1968, she acquired “Margaret’s Lunch” on the corner of Broadway and Eleanor Street and owned and operated it under the name of “Irene’s Spa” until 1978. She later worked full time as a payroll bookkeeper for Marsons Corp. A devoted parishioner and longtime supporter of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Chelsea, she was a caring and giving woman who was dedicated to her home and family.

Born in Everett, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Sophie (Tomczak) Rudolph; the beloved wife of the late Paul F. Harrington; devoted mother of Patricia Harrington of Revere, Jean Melvin and her husband, Ronald, of Auburn, NH and Diane Harrington of Everett; loving daughter of the late Ernest and Sophie (Tomczak) Rudolph; cherished grandmother of Brian Carmody, Patrick Coyne, Irene Melvin-Wright, Stephanie Melvin-Brockstedt, Eric Harrington-Negron and Danielle Harrington-Negron; adored great-grandmother of Isabella Carmody, Christopher Wright, Brian Carmody, Jr. and Nolan Coyne.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Mary of the Assumption Church. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com.

Joan Spakoski-La Monica

Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea

Joan (Chipman) Spakoski-La Monica of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on May 20.

She was the beloved wife of the late Edward Spakoski and Joseph S. LaMonica; loving mother of Walter LaMonica of Pennsylvania, Keith LaMonica and his friend, Rachel Belew of Ipswich and Annette LaMonica of New Hampshire; dear sister of Carol Carlson of South Carolina, Arthur Chipman of Hyannis, Walter Chipman of Weymouth and the late Patricia Bystone, Rainy King and Fred and Richard Chipman; cherished grandmother of Cody LaMonica, Jenna Capone, Jayden LaMonica, Nicholas Venuti, Casey Migliacci and Destiny Belew and great grandmother of one great grandchild.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the MGH Hospital Development Office, 165 Cambridge St., Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114 Att: Eugene Mahr. For guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com.

Joan Tigges

Homemaker

Joan H. (White) Tigges of Revere died on May 20  at the Massachusetts General Hospital following a long illness. She was 70 years old.

Most of her life was spent as a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt.

Born in Chelsea, she was the wife of the late Alfred T. who died on December 25, 1983 ; cherished mother of Edward M. Tigges and his wife, Marcy E., of Revere, Thomas A. Tigges and his wife, Linda, of Chelsea, Robin J. and Kevin J. Tigges, both of Revere, and the late Deborah A. Tigges; devoted grandmother of Edward M. Tigges II and his wife, Christine M., Emily and Abigail Citro, all of Revere, and Alexa M. and Brielle A. Tigges, both of Chelsea; dear sister of Mary “Tudy” Masella and her husband, Eugene, of Revere, Edward White and his wife, Mildred, of Arizona, Jeannette “Sister” Angelo and her husband, Joseph L., of Saugus, Frederick White of Port Charlotte, FL and the late Joseph White, Josephine “Pinky” Souza and Winifred White. She is also lovingly survived by her sister-in-law, Josephine White of Boca Raton, FL, many nieces and nephews, and her canine companion, “Zoey.”

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend her funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107), Revere, today, Thursday, May 26 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Stanley Bednar Sr.

Refrigeration Repair Specialist

Stanley J. Bednar Sr., a refrigeration repair specialist, died at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett on May 22. He was 81 years old.

Born in Avon, South Dakota, he was the son of the late Frank and Francis (Budde) Bednar. He was raised in South Dakota and attended schools there. After serving in the US Navy, he settled in Chelsea and resided here from 1960 to 1982. He worked as a repair and maintenance man for Tiger Refrigeration in Everett. In 1982, he moved to Illinois and later returned to Chelsea in 2007.

He was the beloved husband of the late Barbara (Dunn) Bednar; devoted father of Cindy Welch and her husband, Frank, of Chelsea, Frank Bednar and his wife, Lisa, of Illinois, Kimberly Keithly and her husband, Charles, of Illinois, John Butts Jr. and his wife, Linda, of Haverhill, Henry Butts and his wife, Lisa, of Danvers, Stacy Bednar and Stanley Bednar Jr, both of Haverhill. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and his pet friend “Scrappy”.

Visiting Hours will be held at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea, today, Thursday, May 26 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and will conclude with a Funeral Service in the funeral home commencing at 7:30 p.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.

Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. To send expressions of sympathy or for directions, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com.

Jason James Anzalone

Worked in Telemarketing and Promotional Sales

Jason James Anzalone of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, formerly of Chelsea, died unexpectedly at home on May 15. He was 36 years old.

A resident of Chelsea until moving to Florida 20 years ago, he was employed for many years in telemarketing and promotional sales.

He was the beloved son of Marilyn Kalil and her husband, Ralph, and Thomas J. “Buddy” Jeffrey, all of Chelsea; devoted father of Tera Ann Anzalone; former husband of Sherry Anzalone of Florida; dear brother of Joseph Anzalone of Portsmouth, NH and Audrey Jackson and her husband, Robert, of Ft. Pierce, Florida; loving uncle of John and Richard Maragni of Port St. Lucie, Florida and Brittney Anzalone of New Hampshire; nephew of Carol Oles and her daughter, Ann Marie Oles, of Chelsea.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Memorial Service and celebration of his life on Friday, May 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. Committal services will be private. Expressions of sympathy in his name may be made to Hope House, 8 Farnham Street, Boston, MA 02118. To send a message of condolence to his family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com

Walfrido Pena

Owned Royal Jewelry in Chelsea

Walfrido Pena, a local jewelry store owner, passed away in his Chelsea residence surrounded by his loving family on May 18 following a long and courageous battle with overwhelming illness. He was 84 years old.

Born in Holguin, Cuba, he was the son of the late Walfrido and Paulina (Flores) Pena. He was raised in Cuba and attended schools there. His family settled in Chelsea in 1968 and he has been a longtime resident since. He owned and operated Royal Jewelry in Chelsea for more than 35 years until four years ago when failing health prevented him from continuing to work. He enjoyed spending time with his family and frequent trips to Foxwoods.

He was the beloved husband of Mariana (Guaranda) Pena of Chelsea; the devoted father of Maria Pena of Chelsea, William Pena of Ohio and Susan Pena of Canada; dear brother of Martha Diaz of Florida; cherished grandfather of Martha, Juan, Wilmner, Shantell and Felix; adored great grandfather of Melvin, Pedro, Paven and Isiah.

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

Daniel ‘Skip’ MacDonald Jr.

Retired Owner of Skip’s Lounge and manager of Chelsea Liquor Mart

Daniel A. “Skip” Mac Donald Jr. of Peabody, died peacefully on May 13 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers with his family by his side. He was 73 years old.

He was born in Malden on January 1, 1938, the son of the late Daniel A. and Dorothy (Dodd) Mac Donald Sr. and has lived in Peabody for most of his life.

He was a graduate of Peabody High School and President of the Class of 1956.  He also played on the football and hockey teams while at Peabody High School.  He then attended Bentley School of Accounting.   He enlisted in the US Army and served in Germany prior to his discharge.

He started the Mac Donald Fudge Company in Danvers with a handed down recipe in the Mac Donald  family.  He later became the manager of Chelsea Liquor Mart in Chelsea and also operated Skip’s Lounge in Chelsea for more than 30 years prior to his retirement two years ago.

“Skip” loved sports and continued his hockey with the adult hockey leagues in Peabody for more than 25 years.   He also had a passion for golf and enjoyed playing at the Gannon Golf Club in Lynn and later at the New Meadow Golf Club in Topsfield.  He enjoyed rooting for the Bruins and Red Sox.

He was first married to Constance (Pechinsky) Mac Donald prior to her death in 1991.He is survived by his  wife, Sandra (Whitcomb) (Newhall) Mac Donald of  Peabody, his two sons, John Mac Donald of Georgetown and Daniel Mac Donald and his wife, Sonia, of Los Angeles, CA.;  a sister, Phyllis Hancock of Pennsylvania;  two step-daughters, Sandra and Barry Raymond, of East Hampstead, NH and Diane and John Broughton of  Peabody; six grandchildren, Jason and Shelly Raymond, Scott and Leanne Broughton, Hailee Mac Donald and Sienna Mac Donald and three great grandchildren, Joshua Card, Xavier and Chloe Raymond and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Robert F. Mac Donald who died last year.

Funeral arrangements were by the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, Peabody.   Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Salem. Memorial expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice of No Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Suite 102B, Danvers, MA 01923.

Rose Marie McHatton

N.E. Telephone Co. retiree

Rose Marie (Trainor) McHatton, a life long resident of Chelsea until moving to Tewksbury, passed away on May 17 at the Blaire House in Tewksbury where she had been receiving supportive care for the last few years. She was 84 years old.

She was employed by N.E. Telephone Co. and a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.

The devoted wife of 61 years to the late Leo A. McHatton, Sr., she was the beloved mother of Leo A. “Buddy” McHatton, Jr. and his wife, Patricia, and Patricia M. Fothergill and her husband, Herbert C. “Chuck” Jr.; grandmother of Kelli Lyn and her husband, Eddie, Craig, Colleen and KristaRose; great grandmother of Michael and Megan; daughter of the late John and Julia Trainor; sister of the late Mary Spellman, Peter, John and James Trainor.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Expressions of sympathy in her name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal Street, Suite 4, Watertown, MA 02472. To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com

Stella Avergun

Chelsea resident, formerly of West Roxbury

Stella G. (Goldsmith) Avergun of Chelsea, formerly of West Roxbury, died on May 20.

She was the beloved wife of the late Maurice A. Avergun; loved and loving mother of Nina Avergun of Medford and the late Erika “Ricki” N. Avergun; fond sister of Pearl Ross-field and her husband, Philip, of England and the late Marie Rosen and her surviving husband, Bertram Rosen, of England; dear aunt, cousin and friend.

Graveside services were held at Temple Emeth Memorial Park, West Roxbury. Memorial remembrances may be made to American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701 or Brookline Tai Chi, 1615 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446. Arrangements were by the Levine Chapels, Brookline 617-277-8300

Carolyn Concepcion

Touched the lives of the Hispanic community

Carolyn (Scaramozza) Concepcion of Revere, formerly of East Boston and Chelsea, died at home on May 19   surrounded by her loving family and closest friends after a long illness. She was 58 years old.

A former employee of Boston Parks & Recreation Department, East Boston Health Center, Stephen Gopin, LLC as well as the Chelsea Square interpretation services, she will be remembered for the many lives she touched and families she reunited throughout the Hispanic community.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Concetta (DelTufo) and Guido Scaramozza; devoted mother of Thomas, Richard, Cruz and Gregory of Revere; beloved sister of Janet of Merrimack, NH, Joseph and Rita of Revere and Richard, Annette and the late Robert of East Boston. She is also survived by her loving in-laws, nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, East Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For more information or to send the family an online condolence: www.ruggieromh.com

Harold Gaff Jr.

Former Verizon employee

Harold J. Gaff Jr. of Revere died unexpectedly on May 21.

He was a graduate of Immaculate Conception School, Class of 1974, BC High, Class of 1978 and the University of Maine in Orono and was employed by Verizon for more than 25 years.

He was the husband of Sophia Marnoz Gaff of Lynn; cherished son of Jean (Snow) Gaff and her long time friend, Ralph Colarusso, both of Revere and the late Harold Gaff, Sr.; loving father of Harold III, Rachael and George Gaff, all of Lynn; dear brother of the late Lynn Ellen Gaff; grandfather of Jordan Gaff; adored nephew of Helen Zucco and her husband, Ernest, and Charles Schicher and his wife, Doreen, all of Chelsea and Joseph Schlicher and his wife, Patricia, of Saugus.

His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, today, Thursday, at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Immaculate Conception Church, Beach Street, Revere, at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be private. For directions and guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com


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