Obituaries – 10-14-09

Marion Robinson

Ashland resident

Marion F. (Decareau) Robinson of Ashland, formerly of Westborough, died on October 12.

She was the mother of Donna Reardon of North Carolina, Richard Robinson of Ashland, Robin Grandville of Tewksbury, Larry Robinson of Rutland, Bob Robinson of Leicester and Kevin Robinson of Danvers; sister of Walter “Sonny” Decareau of Chelsea; mother of the late Ann Robinson and sister of the late Ernest Decareau and is also survived by 10 grandchildren, one great grandchild and one great grandchild due in January.

Her funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, October 16, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 70 West Main St., Westborough. Burial will follow in St. Luke’s Cemetery. Calling hours at the Rand-Harper-Pickering Westborough Funeral Home, 62 West Main St., Westborough are today, Thursday, October 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.


Andrew Janice

Retired Market Basket Warehouse Supervisor

Andrew P. Janice of Tewksbury died on October 12. He was 77 years old.

A US Army veteran of the Korean War, he was a retired Market Basket Warehouse Supervisor.

He was the beloved husband of 52 years of Eleanor L. (Queenan); devoted father of Patricia A. Sockey and her husband, David, of Tewksbury and Philip E. Janice of Chelsea; doting grandfather of Andrew P. and Leah K. Sockey; brother of Mary Amanti of Beverly, Susan Dennedy of Salem, William Gianacoples of Georgetown and the late Harry A. Janice. He also leaves many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are today, Thursday, October 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Farmer & Dee Funeral Home, 16 Lee St., Tewksbury. His Funeral will be Friday, October 16, at 9 a.m. from the funeral home, followed by his Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. William’s Church, 1351 Main St., Rte. 38, Tewksbury. Burial will be at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association , 330 Congress St., Boston, MA 02210( are requested. For directions and obituary see


Nancy Delaney

Former Lotus Computer Co. employee

Nancy A. Delaney, a six-year resident of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died suddenly on October 10. She was 49 years old.

A graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1981, she worked for a brief time for Lotus Computer Co. in Cambridge until health problems shortened her career.

She was the daughter of the late Chester W. Delaney and Alice M. (Duggan) Delaney; dear sister of Mary Delaney of Florida, Jeanne A. Palleschi and her husband, Charles, of Revere, Diane M. Richard and her husband, Thomas, of Natick and Joan T. Galbraith of Everett. She is also lovingly survived by several nieces and nephews.

Private funeral services were held for the family with the Rev. Gerry Osterman, pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Everett officiating. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals of Chelsea. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.


Michael Coyne

Chelsea Firefighter

Michael J. Coyne of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, died on October 10. He was 48 years old.

A Chelsea Firefighter, he was a US Navy veteran and a member of I.A.F.F. Local 937.

He was the devoted husband of Lisa (Bouthet); beloved father of John Coyne of Chelsea, Erica Coyne of Mountainview, CA and Caitlin Coyne of Myrtle Beach, SC; loving son of Catharine Coyne of Chelsea and the late Chelsea Fire Chief William Coyne; dear brother of William Coyne of Boston, Catharine MacKay and Margaret Coyne, both of Chelsea, and the late John Coyne. He is also lovingly survived by his father-in-law, Joseph “Jerry” Bouthet, and his wife, Solange, of Myrtle Beach, his mother-in-law, Linda Sicotte, and her husband, Richard, of Connecticut, his sister-in-law, Lori Freeman, and her husband, Daniel, of Connecticut, brother-in-law Marc Bouthet and his wife, Terri, of Maryland and his special friends Lyndi Smith and children as well as many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass was celebrated in Our Lady of Grace Church, Chelsea. Burial services were private. Expressions of sympathy in his name may be made to the American Cancer Society , 950 48th Ave. N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 or to Mercy Hospice, P.O. Box 50640, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579. To send a message of condolence to Michael’s family, please visit


Richard Grayson

Retired Lisbon, NH Police Chief, member of well known Mill Hill family of Chelsea

Richard Grayson of Littleton, NH, formerly of Chelsea, died on August 16 after a long illness. 

Born in Chelsea, a member of a well-known Mill Hill family, he was the son of the late Frank and Sarah Grayson.  He attended school in Chelsea and graduated from Everett Vocational, Class of 1949. 

While living in Chelsea he was a member and past president of the Merritt Club.  Along with his brother Bernie, he was a member of the St. Rose Church Senior Choir under the direction of Frank Ridge and the Spiritual Director, the Reverend William McCarthy.  He also took part in the musical plays staged by St. Rose Church.

When he moved to New Hampshire in the early 1970’s, he joined the Town of Lisbon, N.H. Police Department.  He retired in 1992 holding the position of Chief of Police.  He then became a Deputy Sheriff for the Grafton County Sheriff Dept. serving as a bailiff in Grafton County Superior Court.  He was also a past member of the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Edna Wright Grayson, and his four sons, Arthur of Durham, NC, Rick of GIG Harbor, WA, Thomas of Klamath Falls, OR and Daniel of Londonderry, NH He was the brother of the late Frank of Revere, Raymond of Lynn, Thomas of Lynn and Bernard of Salem.  He is survived by two sisters, Joan Arsenault of Seabrook, NH and Rosemary Caouette of Watertown, MA. 


Elizabeth Killion

Of New Hampshire, formerly of Chelsea

Elizabeth A. (Fitzpatrick) “Betty” Killion of Londonderry, New Hampshire, formerly of Chelsea, died on October 8.

She was the beloved wife of the late Francis J. Killion Sr.; devoted mother of Francis “Frank” J. Killion Jr. and his wife, Barbara, of Burlington, Maureen Atwood and her husband, Carl, of Bridgewater and Robert Killion of Londonderry, NH; cherished grandmother of Colleen Simonds and her husband, Andrew, Tara and John Killion; adored great-grandmother of Leonard and Alex Thelusma and Kaylee Perez-Killion; dear sister of Richard Fitzpatrick of Medford, Mary Cameron of Standish, ME, Patricia Dillon of North Carolina and the late Katherine DeSchuytner, Joseph, James and Hugh Fitzpatrick.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the MSPCA/Office of Development, 350 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130.


Arthur Sheppard

Wakefield resident

Arthur W. Sheppard of Wakefield died on October 7.

He was the husband of Marie V. (Jacquard); father of William A. of Hudson, NH, John K. of Belmont, NH, Thomas B. of Salem, NH, Andrew D. of Chelsea, Mary Elizabeth (Sheppard) Coye of Litchfield, NH, Leonard K. of Brighton, Robert A. of Wakefield and the late Stephen P. Sheppard. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was the brother of Charles of Florida, Bertram and Ronald of Stoneham and the late John, Ann, Peter, George, Alice, Edward, Alan, Robert and Lawrence.

Funeral arrangements were by the McDonald Funeral Home, Wakefield. Burial was in Forest Glade Cemetery. For obit and guestbook,


Marianna Bialas

Chelsea resident

Marianna (Siepka) Bialas died on Thursday morning October 8 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital after being stricken in her home. She was 74 years old. Born in Poznan Poland, as a young child her family moved to France where she received her elementary school education and spent most of her early years. She settled as a young lady with her family in Chelsea and has been a resident here all of her adult life as a loving homemaker, mother and devoted spouse. A Funeral Mass was said in St Stanislaus Church by Rev Andrew Grelak, Committal was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Beloved wife of the late Edward Bialas, devoted mother of John Bialas of Chelsea, Cecil Doucette of Revere and the late Bernard Bialas, dear sister of Kazimiera. Kociszewski of Chelsea she is also survived by her grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial / Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Homes


Joseph ‘Papa Joe’ Sienko

Chelsea resident

Joseph P. “Papa Joe” Sienko of Chelsea died on October 6.

A US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was the beloved husband of the late Audrey (Mason) Sienko; the devoted father of Cheryl Sienko of Chelsea, Denise Iannetti of Lynn, Joyce Beaudoin of Dolan Springs AZ and Audrey Papa of Billerica; cherished grandfather of Christine, Nicole, Derek, Sabrina, Danielle, Anthony and Gianna, adored great grandfather of Selena, Hailey and Nathaniel and is also survived by his beloved dog and companion “Precious”.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was in Fox Hill Cemetery, Billerica. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Chelsea Senior Center, 10 Riley Way, Chelsea, MA 02150.


Sophie Geanisis

Worked for Chelsea Clock

Sophie (Perakis) Geanisis of Plymouth, formerly of Arlington an Chelsea, died October 7 at the Golden Living Center. She was 89 years old.

She was born in Chelsea, graduated from Chelsea High School and was employed by Chelsea Clock. The family moved to Arlington in 1957. She and her husband were one of the founding families of St. Athanasius Greek Orthodox Church in Arlington and was very active in the parish. She and her husband retired to Plymouth in 1977. She enjoyed baking, cooking, knitting, dinner parties with her friends, and especially spending time with her family.

The beloved wife of the late George Geanisis, she is survived by her loving children Adrienne Caselle of Andover, Irene Spellman of Plymouth, Anthony Geanisis of Littleton, Gregory Geanisis of Ansonia, CT and Ann Marie Geanisis of Weymouth. She also leaves seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was the sister of the late George Courtovich, Anthony Perakis and James Perakis.

Funeral arrangements were by the Richard Davis Funeral Home, Plymouth (Manomet.) Burial was at Manomet Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1130 Falmouth Rd., Centerville, MA 02632 or to the Alzheimer’s Association , 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472. On-line condolences at


Bertha Mitchell

Gold Star Mother, Sunday School Teacher

Bertha (Castella) Mitchell, a 60-year resident of Chelsea, formerly of Pouch Cove, Newfoundland, Canada, died at home on October 10 after a long illness. She was 90 years old.

A Gold Star Mother, she attended Memorial College in St. John, Newfoundland, was a Sunday School teacher and a member of the St. Luke’s Guild. A homemaker, she worked as a sales associate for Filene’s Basement, a hairdresser and a clerk for the former Prattville Bakery.

She was the beloved wife of the late Cyril Mitchell Sr.; devoted mother of Judy Gensel, Edward Mitchell, Jo-Ann Keller, Robert Mitchell, Donna Darouey, Denise Vargas and the late Cyril Mitchell Jr.; dear sister of Florence Bravos, Myrtle Finn and the late Lucy Pitcher, Ruben Castella and Edward Castella and is also lovingly survived by seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was a dear aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea. Burial was in the family lot at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. For those who wish to make donations in her memory, they may be made to the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 201 Washington Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150 or Dr. Matthew S. Shwartz Hospice & Palliative Care, 201 Captains Row, Chelsea, MA 02150.


Sophie Wozniak

Winthrop resident

Sophie G. (Jankowski) Wozniak, a former resident of Merrimac, Haverhill and Chelsea, died October 11 in Winthrop.

Born, raised and educated in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Adam and Valerie (Rahuba) Jankowski and a former member of St. Stanislaus Parish. She moved to Merrimac in 1966, to Haverhill in 2003 and later to Winthrop in 2007. She worked for several years as a seamstress at Samuel Roberts Clothing Co. and later in quality control at Microfab Co. and finally as a server in the Merrimac Senior Citizens Lunch Program.

A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Mrs. Wozniak was a member of The Church of the Nativity in Merrimac, The Women’s Club of the parish and the Friends of the Merrimac Council on Aging.

She was the wife of the late Chester M. Wozniak, who died in 1988, and is survived by her sons, Chester E. Wozniak of Marlboro and Thomas F. Wozniak of North Hampton, NH; her daughters and sons-in-law, Mary V. and Phillip Cipollone of Chelsea, and Dorothy A. and Richard Noury of Litchfield, NH., eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and her longtime friend from childhood, Stella Kelly of Lynn.

Relatives and friends may call today, Thursday, October 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, 116 Main St., Route 121A, Plaistow, NH. Her funeral will be held on Friday at 8:45 a.m. from the funeral home with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Church of the Nativity, 4 Green St., Merrimac. Burial will follow in Locust Grove Cemetery, Merrimac. Memorial donations may be made to the Memorial Fund of Church of the Nativity, Merrimac, MA.


Elizabeth B. Gallo


Elizabeth B. Gallo died on Wednesday Oct 14 at the Chelsea Skilled Nursing and Rehab Centre after a short illness, she was 93 years of age. Born and raised in East Boston she was the daughter of the late Lorenzo and Domenica (Saladino) Gallo, she attended schools in East Boston before her family settled in Prattville. She was an ever present persona working as a shopkeeper at Gallo’s Market, a landmark family establishment in Prattville.

Her funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home 718 Broadway CHELSEA on Monday Followed by a Funeral Mass in Our Lady of Grace Church 59 Nichols St. Chelsea, services will conclude with Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home on Sunday from 3 – 7 P.M. She was predeceased by her three brothers; Leo Gallo, Carmelo N. Gallo and Nicholas C. Gallo and she is survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.