Auto Mechanic, Member of American Legion
James E. Stevens of Chelsea died on May 3. He was 60 years old.
A US Army veteran who served in Viet Nam, he was an auto mechanic and a member of the American Legion Post 19 in Somerville.
He was the husband of the late Patricia A. (Barry) Stevens; devoted father of James Stevens and his fiancé, Belinda J. DeHetre, both of Chelsea; beloved son of Gloria M. (Stevens) Sullivan of New Hampshire; loving grandfather of Patrick J. Stevens; dear brother of Kathy Bowen of New Hampshire, Linda McMillan of Lowell, Marilyn Sullivan of Florida and the late William Sullivan, John Sullivan and Alan Kane. He is also lovingly survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be conducted at the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea on Friday, May 11 at 12 Noon. Visiting hours will precede the service from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Services will conclude at the end of the Memorial Service.
Member of Chelsea Irish American Club and Beachmont VFW
Edward Lewis of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on May 5. He was 85 years old.
He was a member of the Merchant Marine and a member of the Laborer’s Union Local 22, the Chelsea Irish American Club and the VFW Beachmont Post in Revere.
He was the husband of the late Angelina (Guarino) Lewis; beloved father of Edgar “Ed” Lewis of Manchester, NH and James F. Lewis of Salem; son of the late Edgar and Sadie Belle (Lambert) Lewis; dear brother of Theresa Zardas and her husband, George of Saugus, Frederick “Fred” Lewis and his wife, Lorraine of Saugus, Mildred Thompson and the late George Levy, Robert Levy, Thomas Levy, Viola Moffette, Mary Cunio and Elizabeth Goodrich. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, Chelsea. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody
Retired Mechanical Engineer, Decorated Veteran
Robert Pierce died at the Haverhill Crossings in Haverhill on May 6. He was 90 years old.
A US Army veteran, he was a bombardier in the Army Air Force, having served in the most severe combat missions in the European Theatre of Operations during World War II. He received many commendations, including the Silver Star, Army Air Medal and the Purple Heart. A mechanical engineer for the Hood Rubber Co., retiring 35 years ago, he was a member of the Army Bomber Squadron Group 44.
He was the husband of the late Rose C. (Massarelli) Pierce; brother of the late John Pierce, Andrew Pierce and Jane Pierce and dear uncle of Andrew J. Pierce of Atkinson, NH.
Funeral services will be conducted in the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea, today, Thursday, May 10 at 12 noon. Visiting hours will precede the service from 10 to 12 noon. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Donations in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675 or www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
John Lewis, Sr.
John R. Lewis Sr. of Revere died on April 25.
He is survived by his children, John Jr. and Melissa and their mother, Carol Loucks. He was the beloved son of Angela Lewis and the late Kenneth; dear brother of Steven and David of Chelsea and the late James, Kenny and Tommy; grandson of Joan Silverman and the late Eric.
Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home. For guestbook visit www.buonfiglio.com
Former Day Care Chef
Barbara A. (Sharpe) Pineau died at her Revere home on May 2 following a long illness. She was 81 years old.
Born in Chelsea, she was a resident of Revere for most of her life and a 1948 graduate of Revere High School. For more than 12 years, she was the chef for the Day Care Nursery at First Congregational Church of Revere where she had been a most active member and patron. She was an outstanding craft worker, especially in knitting and crocheting and through the years, she was most generous with her crafts for the church.
She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur A. “Pinky” Pineau who died in January of 1992 and the devoted mother of Nancy R. Pineau of Revere, Susanne Rodgers of Groton, Matthew D. Pineau and his wife, Carla A. of Revere and the late Allen A. Pineau and the late Mark S. Pineau; the dear sister of June Sheldon of Lynnfield, Dorothy Malcolm of Peabody and the late Clifford, John and James Sharpe. She is also lovingly survived by 13 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Funeral Service on Saturday, May 12 at 11 a.m. in the First Congregational Church, 230 Beach Street, Revere. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Food Pantry at First Congregational Church, 230 Beach St., Revere. Arrangements are in the care of Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere.
Marie ‘Chickie’ Faretra
Former Proprietor of “Before & After Ladies’ Apparel” of East Boston
Marie “Chickie” (Falzarano) Faretra died unexpectedly at her East Boston home on May 5. She was 85 years old.
“Chickie” was born and educated in Chelsea and lived in Revere for many years before moving to East Boston more than 25 years ago.
During her working career, she wore many hats – as a clerk at the “Old Racket Store” in East Boston, as a bar maid in several of the local cafes and finally in ladies’ apparel. She worked as an associate at Tello’s of East Boston before opening her own dress shop “Before & After” of East Boston which she operated for 12 years.
She was the daughter of the late Giovanni and Rita (Terino) Falzarano, founders and operators of Rita‘s Flower Shop in Chelsea for more than 65 years; wife of the late Pasquale “Pat” J. Faretra and the mother of the late Pasquale “Pat” Faretra and John M. Faretra; beloved mother in law of Rita M. Faretra of West Peabody; cherished grandmother of Lisa M. Kieran and her husband, Timothy of Wilmington and Ilia L. Faretra of West Peabody; dear sister of Lena Buttiglieri of Beverly, Joanne Dobson of Oakland, California and Regina Falzarano of West Peabody and the late Frank B. “Gypsy Joe” Falzarano, Rose Ciampolillo and Louise Faretra and is also lovingly survived by her great grandchildren, Antonia, Bella and Lex and by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.
Retired Plumbing and Heating Contractor
Ernest M. Arsenault, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died on May 4 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was 85 years old.
A lifelong member of the French Club, he worked as a plumbing and heating contractor and also worked for the City of Chelsea Building Department.
He was the devoted husband of the late Janet (Gallant); beloved father of Ernest Arsenault and his wife, Brenda of Easton, Bryan Arsenault and his wife, Donna and Karen Arsenault, all of Chelsea; brother of Dorothy Tillinghast of Revere and the late Edward Arsenault; cherished grandfather of Tarra, Christopher, Joseph, Steven, Rennee, Brandon, Cassandra and the late Justin. He is also lovingly survived by his great grandson Chase Matthews with an additional great grandson due in September. He also leaves many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, West Peabody. To send a message of condolence to Ernie’s family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com
Sylvia E. (Bloom) Morgan of Chelsea, formerly of Sharon and Revere, died on May 1.
Born in Chelsea, she was raised in Revere where she was a long time resident and a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1936. She was a retired bookkeeper and a member of Temple B’nai Brith, the Brandeis College Women’s Auxiliary and New England Sinai Hospital Auxiliary.
She was the beloved wife of the late Moe Morgan; the devoted mother of Arlene Margie and Vicki Wairi; mother in law of Brian Margie and partner Lynne Butters. She was the loving daughter of the late Edward Bloom and Ida (Kaplan) and the loving grandmother of Scott, Daniel, Josh, Mark and Jeffrey.
Funeral arrangements were by the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Burial was in Sharon Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fidelco Guide Dogs Foundation, 103 Vision Way, Bloomfield, CT 06002. Visit website for memorial guest book: www.torffuneralservice.com.