Retired Boston Teacher
George I. Brown, a resident of the Chelsea Soldier’s Home for the last five years, passed away on December 21. He was 85 years old.
Born in Fall River, the son of the late William H. and Bessie Brown, he was a US Army Korean Veteran who entered the US Army on September 14, 1950 and was honorably discharged on September 9, 1952.
A retired school teacher, he worked for the City of Boston in the Department of Vocational Education and Industrial Arts.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at the St. Michael Arch Angel Chapel, Chelsea Soldier’s Home, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea, today, Thursday, January 17 at 11 a.m.. Visitation will take place in the Cardinal Cushing Pavillion, adjacent to the Chapel from 10 to 11 a.m.
Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery Soldier’s Home Lot in Everett.
Robert F. Buttrick, a resident of the Chelsea Soldier’s Home for the last 13 years, passed away at the Home on January 9. He was 92 years old.
A US Army veteran of World War II, he entered the service on November 21, 1942 and was honorably discharged on February 28, 1946.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated at the St. Michael Arch Angel Chapel, Chelsea Soldier’s Home on January 15. Burial was at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.
Edward ‘Ted’ Schlicher
City of Chelsea Retiree, Member of Many Organizations
Edward A. “Ted” Schlicher, alifelong Chelsea resident, passed away at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett on January 14 following a long illness. He was 92 years old.
Born in Chelsea, the son of the late John and Josephine (Schmidt) Schlicher, he attended local schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. He enlisted in the US Army during World War II serving under General Patton and was honorably discharged in 1945.
Mr. Schlicher worked for many years for the City of Chelsea in the Rubbish Department and later in the Parks Department until his retirement. He enjoyed baseball, playing cards and running and was a longtime member of the Merritt Club, Irish Club, Sagamore Club and Cary Square Associates.
He was the longtime companion of the late Helen Carlson; devoted father of Janice Bebee of Arizona; dear brother of the late Helen Sullivan, John Schlicher, Charles Schlicher and Louise Danielian and the cherished uncle of Jean Gaff, Helen Zucco, Joseph and Charles Schlicher.
Services will be conducted privately. 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.
Former Furniture Upholsterer
Alexander F. Zerquera, a longtime Chelsea resident, passed away on January 2 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was 62 years old.
Born in Havana, Cuba, the son of the late Cipriano and Sahara Zerquera, Mr. Zerquera’s family settled in Chelsea when he was a young boy and he attended Williams Elementary School and Chelsea High School. After graduating from high school, he continued his education at Boston University. He worked for many years as a furniture upholster at Frank B. Curry’s Furniture Upholstery located in South Boston.
Living with MS for several years, he had been receiving supportive care at Eastpointe Nursing Care and Rehabilitation Center for the past 10 years. He enjoyed building and flying remote control operated model airplanes.
He was preceded in death by both of his parents and his brother Cipriano Zerquera. He is survived by his sister, Tina Zerquera and his brother, Jorge Zerquera, both of Chelsea and is also survived by several aunts and many cousins in Miami, Florida. Funeral Services were private. Burial took place in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com. Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.
Rowena Finn of Revere, formerly of Framingham, passed away on January 12. She was 80 years old.
She was born in Chelsea and was a resident of Chelsea for 20 years. She attended the Chelsea School System and was a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1949. Following her time in Chelsea, Rowena became a 30 year resident of Framingham. Rowena also lived in Revere for five years.
She was a retired bookkeeper for the Elashoff and Warner Accounting Firm and was also a bookkeeper for Goodman Knitting Mills. She enjoyed knitting, dogs and listening to show tunes.
Rowena was the beloved wife of the late Samuel Finn, the devoted mother of Melanie Finn; the loving daughter of the late Robert Wolfson and the late Mildred Wolfson and the dear sister of Denise Grace. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Burial was in Sharon. Memorial observance will continue at the home of Denise Grace from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday. Donations in her memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Longtime Metropolitan Credit Union Employee
Veronica M. (Carlo) Trainor-Blakely, a longtime resident of Chelsea, died at home on January 9. She was 70 years old.
Born in Boston, she was an employee of the Metropolitan Credit Union.
She was the former wife of Edward J. Trainor, Jr. of Amherst, NH and the late Paul W. Blakely; devoted mother of Sharon Trainor of Taunton, Linda Dube and her husband, Eugene, Edward J. Trainor, III and Jamie Lee Blakely, all of Chelsea; beloved sister of Dorothy Rounbehler of Billerica, Eleanor Cook of Littleton, Lorretta Kettenring of Brockton and the late Patricia, Janet, Rose, Theresa, Nicholas and Emma; cherished grandmother of Sonia McIntyre, Nicole Tedesco, Christopher Trainor and Emma Rose Vega and is also lovingly survived by her great grandchildren, Damion and Nevaeh McIntyre and Camron and Dominic Shaw as well by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Memorial Service celebrating Veronica’s Life on Saturday, January 19 in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea from 2 to 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Compassionate Care ALS, P.O. Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574. To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com
Eagle Shoe Retiree
Virginia A. (Mollica) Casino died on January 13. She was 98 years old.
A retired shoe stitcher at the former Eagle Shoe Company, she was a member of the City of Hope Charity and enjoyed sewing and cooking.
She was the wife of the late Samuel Casino; daughter of the late Angelo and Elizabeth (Bucci) Mollica; beloved mother of Richard Casino and Paul G. Casino, both of Chelsea; dear sister of Anthony Mollica of Everett, Victor Mollica of Florida and the late John Mollica, Josephine Howe, Katherine Russo, Marion Bazzaro-McCarthy and Rose Burke and is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, Chelsea. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden.
Stop & Shop Foreman; formerly worked for “Angelo’s Roofing of Revere”
Services were held on January 13 in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere for John T. Hegarty who died unexpectedly on January 3 in his Randolph home. He was 50 years old.
Born in Winthrop, he attended Revere Schools and lived in Revere for most of his life before moving to Randolph in 2002.
For the past four years, he worked as a foreman for Stop & Shop and prior to that he worked as a roofer for “Angelo’s Roofing of Revere” for many years. He was an avid boater who enjoyed his time on the ocean, sailing the harbor.
He was the beloved and faithful husband of 29 years to Lee M. (Freider); the devoted brother of Kathleen M. Walsh and Maureen A. Alikonis, both of Winthrop and the late Michael J. Hegarty; the dear uncle of Stefani Kosinski of Chelsea, Diana Walsh of San Diego, California, Daniel and Andrew Walsh, both of St. Petersburg, Florida and Christopher, Nicholas and Ryan Alikonis, all of Tewksbury. He is also the brother in law of Maryann Hegarty of revere, Ellen Spicua of Canton, Lawrence Walsh of Winthrop and Stephen Alikonis of Tewksbury; the son of the late John T. Hegarty and Ruth (Liston) Hegarty and the grandson of the late Timothy and Anne T. (Sheridan) Hegarty.
Remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701-4688 or to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701-9376. www.vertuccioandsmith.com
Dr. David Cligstein
Graduate of Beacon School of Podiatry
Dr. David Cligstein of Swampscott, formerly of Chelsea, passed away on January 9 at Beverly Hospital. He was 95 years old.
Born in Chelsea and a resident of Swampscott for the last 11 years, he attended the Chelsea School System and was a graduate of Chelsea High School.
Dr. Cligstein was a graduate of the Beacon School of Podiatry. He was a member of the Malden Jewish War Veterans, Knights of Pythias and Congregation Sons of Israel-Peabody. Dr. Cligstein enjoyed history, antiques and medical history and was a proud US Army veteran of World War II.
He was the beloved husband of Miriam (Goldstein) Cligstein; the devoted father of Marci Casaletto and her husband, Joseph; the loving son of the late Harry Cligstein and the late Rebecca (Vinar) Cligstein; the dear brother of the late Sarah Rubin, the late Ida Griff, the late Bessie Feldman and the late Minnie Koltow. He was the loving grandfather of Marisa Casaletto.
Services were held at the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Burial was in Everett. Memorial observance will continue at his late residence through today, Thursday, from 4 to 9 p.m. and tomorrow, Friday, from 2 to 4 p.m. Donations in Dr. Cligstein’s memory may be made to Congregation Sons of Israel, PO Box 702 Peabody, MA 01960. For directions and online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website, www.torffuneralservice.com.
Anna ‘Nana’ Morico
Anna M. “Nana” (Dougherty) Morico of Chelsea died on December 23.
She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph F. Morico; devoted mother of Jo Brennan of Tewksbury, Patricia Tammaro of Revere, Michael “BOE” Morico of Medford and Joseph “Buddy” Morico of Chelsea; dear sister of the late James Dougherty and is also survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Rose Church. Services concluded with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, 17 Lafayette Ave. Chelsea, MA 02150.