Retired Telephone Operator
Dorothea R. (Hurley) Olszyna, a retired telephone operator, passed away on October 27 at Sunrise of Cohasset Assisted Living. She was 85 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Nora (Ryan) Hurley. She attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1944. Shortly after graduating, she began working for NE Tel & Tel Co. as a telephone operator in the Chelsea Switching Office.
She married Stanley J. Olszyna in 1955 and together they raised their three sons in Chelsea and resided in the Mill Hill section of Chelsea for most of her life. She participated in her sons’ education and activities by volunteering with the St Stanislaus School Mothers Club and was a Cub Scout Den Mother. She enjoyed Candlepin Bowling and summers at York Beach ME.
After 43 years of marriage she was preceded in death by her husband in 1998. Three years ago she took residence at Sunrise in Cohasset where she was able receive supportive care from family.
The beloved wife of the late Stanley J. Olszyna Sr., she was the devoted mother of Stanley J. Olszyna Jr. of Roslindale, Stephen Olszyna and his companion, Tracy Pilcher of Detroit MI, and Scott Olszyna and his wife, “Mil” Mallen of Norwell; dear sister of the late Eleanor Whalen, Marie Hartley McMahon, Eugene Hurley and Daniel Hurley. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Norwell VNA & Hospice, 126 Longwater Dr., Norwell MA 02061. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com.
Of Wilmington, formerly of Chelsea
Josephine (Chwaliszewski) Grabowski of Wilmington, formerly of Burlington and Chelsea, died on October 26.
She was the beloved wife of the late George M. Grabowski; devoted mother of Loretta Alibrandi of Andover, Leona S. Rossetti and her husband, Anthony of Stoneham and Dennis Grabowski and his wife, Patricia of Hanover; cherished grandmother of Nancy Alibrandi, Susan Dwyer, James Alibrandi, Mark and Christopher Rossetti, Jonathan and Matthew Grabowski, and the adored great grandmother of nine; dear sister of Chester Hollis of Malden, the late Mary Chwaliszewski, Genevieve Salados, John S., Stephen J. “Kimo”, and Rev. Roman (Henry) OFM Conv., Chwaliszewski. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Her Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday, November 3 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend visiting hours at the Welsh Funeral Home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Woodbriar of Wilmington, 90 West St., Wilmington, MA 01887. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit
Of Saugus, formerly of Chelsea
Mary E. (Carson) Adams, a former Chelsea resident, passed away in her Saugus home surrounded by her loving family on October 20 following a courageous battle with an overwhelming illness. She was 79 years old.
Born in Berlin, NH, she was the daughter of the late Edward J. and Eleanor (Biledeau) Carson. She was educated in Berlin, NH schools, married George R. Adams and together they raised their family spending time living in Chelsea and Revere. She relocated to Ocala, Florida and lived there for 28 years. After returning from Florida, she took residence with her family in Saugus. She worked for many years as a fish slicer and scaler in a former fish market located here in Chelsea.
After sharing 55 years of marriage, she was predeceased by her beloved husband George in 2008. Mary was devoted to her family and enjoyed frequent vacations with her family and grandchildren. She also enjoyed ceramics and playing bingo.
She was the beloved wife of the late George R. Adams; devoted mother of Cheryl Constantino and her husband, Joseph, Dean Adams, his late wife Leona, and Michelle Sandry, all of Saugus and Susan Clements of Ocala FL; dear sister of Lorraine Dunn and Raymond Carson, both of Revere, Henry Carson of Chelsea, Linda Richardson of Saugus, Judith Mucci of Revere, Gail Giammanco of Ocala, FL and the late Clarence Carson and Irene McKay. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Funeral Services were conducted at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home on Thursday, October 25 with Rev. Edgar A. Gutiérrez-Duarte officiating. Services concluded with Interment at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com. Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.
Rita M. (Bradley) Dente of Chelsea died on October 26.
She was the beloved wife of 61 years to Christe Dente Sr. of Chelsea; devoted mother of Rita Pearson and her husband, Roy of Gloucester, Susan Pennell of Haverhill, Christe Dente Jr. of Melrose and Lisa Feeley and her husband, Ray of Winthrop; cherished grandmother of Leighann Twist, Crystal McCarthy, Roy Pearson III, Ricky Pennell, Shannon Feeley, Amanda Dente, Ray Feeley, and Christopher Dente. Dear sister of Dorothy Sena of Revere, Robert “Duke” Bradley of Chelsea, the late William, Herbert, Lawrence “Eddie”, Gerald, Richard “Tootsie” and Hugh Bradley.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit:
Founder and Owner of Karmin Door Co. of the North Shore
Marvin L. Schloss died on October 24 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 82 years old.
Born in Chelsea, he graduated from Chelsea High School and was an active member of the Reunion Committee. He lived in Swampscott for some 30 years and formerly resided in Marblehead for some 15 years. He was the founder and owner of Karmin Door Co., of the North Shore.
He served with the U.S. Air Force in the Korean War, was a member of the Masonic Order and a former member of Temple Israel now Congregation Shirat Hayam of Swampscott.
He was the beloved husband of Honey (Kendell) Schloss; dear son of the late Nathan and Bertha Schloss; devoted father of Karla Pressman and Jim Firestone of Swampscott, Mindy and Joel Reichman of Marblehead; loving brother of the late Allan Schloss; cherished grandfather of Jayme and Lindsey Reichman, Matthew and Skyler Pressman; dear brother-in-law of Arlene and Mike Goodstein, Harriet and George Kessler and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, Salem-Swampscott line. Burial was in the Temple Israel Section of Congregation Shirat Hayam, Peabody. Memorial Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be donated to The National Parkinson’s Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.
Debra ‘Debbi’ Morabito
Wife of Former Owner of Art Tone Studio, Revere
Debra “Debbi” (Braccia) Morabito, wife of the former owner of Art Tone Studio of Revere,
has lost her long battle with ovarian cancer. She was 58 years old.
She passed away quietly surrounded by family and friends.
Formerly of East Boston, she was diagnosed with cancer on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 and courageously battled her disease until succumbing to her sickness on October 23 at 4:55 p.m. at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center in Revere, the very place she was employed until the day she was diagnosed with her disease.
Debbi will always be remembered at Revere Beach, walking or sunbathing, as she loved the summertime. She was also a lover of the holiday season, especially Halloween. Debbi and Lenny met and had their first date on Halloween of 1981 and were married on October 14, 1983. The couple had just celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary.
She is survived by her husband, Leonard “Lenny” Morabito of Revere, her loving brother Michael “Mike” Braccia of East Boston, and her loving daughter, Amanda Morabito of Revere and by many relatives and friends.
Her wake was held at Vazza’s funeral home on Beach St. in Revere on October 30th and funeral mass was celebrated on October 31 at St. Anthony’s Church in Revere.
John ‘Jack’ Harkins, Jr.
Merritt Club Member
John W. “Jack” Harkins, Jr. of Chelsea passed away suddenly at home on October 20. He was 57 years old.
An active member of The Merritt Club in Chelsea, he will be greatly missed by his many friends there as well as all who had the pleasure to know him.
He is survived by his beloved sisters and brother(Diane Keefe and her partner, Robert Stevens of Merrimack, NH, Cathryn Grayson and her husbard, Bernard of Tewksbury and Kevin Fitzgerald of Woburn. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews: Peter and William Keefe, Kevin, Megan and Brian Grayson, Michael and Rachael Fizgerald. Jack was an active member of The Merritts Club in Chelsea, MA and will be greatly missed by his many friends there as well as all who had the pleasure to know him.
Private funeral services were held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name can be made to the “Make A Wish Foundation”, One Bullfinch Place, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02114.
John J. O’Connell of Lynn died on October 27. He was 82 years old.
A US Army Veteran of the Korean War, he was a Zoo Keeper for the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and a crossing guard for the City of Lynn.
The husband of the late Jean M. (Collins) O’Connell, he was the beloved father of Thomas J. O’Connell of Lynn, Ellen M. Christy and her companion, Henry Hall of Nahant, Karen A. O’Connell of Lynn and her companion, Joe Bruno of New Hampshire and John M. O’Connell of Lynn; dear brother of Leo O’Connell of Chelsea, Agnes “Honey” Franson of New Hampshire and the late Donald O’Connell, Warren O’Connell, Frances “Franny” Generes, Gertrude “Sissy” Jones, Margaret “Peggy” Webber, Dorothy “Dottie” King and Alice LaRose. He is also lovingly survived by one granddaughter, Lauren J. Christy of Nahant and will also be missed by man’s best friend, his Dachshund, Fred.
His Funeral will be held from the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea on Saturday, November 3 at 8 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours are Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.
Dorothy D. (Nuzzo) Gillis of Chelsea died on October 30.
She was the devoted wife of the late Richard E. Gillis, Sr., beloved mother of Richard E. Gillis, Jr. of Chelsea, Stephen Gillis of Falmouth and the late Cheryl Gillis, Paula Hensley, Paul Gillis and Gino Gillis; sister of Rocco Nuzzo of Andover, Daniel Nuzzo of the North End, Camile Nuzzo of California, Lorraine Visconti of Chelsea, Rosemarie DiGitano of Winthrop, Natalie Dello Iacono of New Hampshire and the late Francis Nuzzo; cherished grandmother of Tiffany, Amanda, TJ, Dylan, Seth, Gino, Jr. and Gage and is also lovingly survived by her great grandchildren DySiah, Jazmani and Greyson, as well as many nieces and nephews. Family and friends are kindly invited to attend her Funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Friday, November 2 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols Street, Chelsea at 10:30 a.m. Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home are today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Committal Services are private. Smith Funeral Home 617-889-1177 www.smithfuneralhomes.com.