Obituaries 11-20-2009

Marguerite Arsenault

Of Malden, formerly of Chelsea

Marguerite (Brown) Arsenault of Malden, formerly of Chelsea, died on November 14.

She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph F. Arsenault; mother of Diane Johnson and her husband, Robert, of Chandler, AZ, James Arsenault of Chelsea, John Arsenault and his wife, Debbie, of Billerica, Denise Carthas and her husband, Richard, of Bridgewater, NJ and Joseph Arsenault of Chelsea; grandmother of Stacy, Melissa, Judith, Heather, Matthew, Richard and Kristen and great grandmother of Taylor, Cody and Chase. She was the sister of Clifford Brown of Melrose, Marion Martin of California, Patricia Walker of Michigan and the late Roy, Donald and James Brown Jr. and Blanche Lang.

Her funeral service will be held at the Breslin Funeral Home, 610 Pleasant St., Malden on Friday, November 20 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home today, Thursday, November 19 from 3 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Affinity Hospice of Life, 14 Crosby Drive, Bedford, MA 01730. For obituary, guestbook & directions,  please visit


Mary Hibbard, 69

Of Washington State, formerly of Revere

Mary H. Hibbard of Port Orchard, WA died on November 8. She was 69 years old.

She was born in Revere on November 29, 1939 to Wesley K. and Mary M. (Griffin) Camic. She married James R. Hibbard on November 29, 1973 in Chelsea and they have been together for 36 loving years. She loved music and dancing.

Survivors include her husband, James Hibbard of Port Orchard; her son, Michael J. Brennan of Winthrop; daughters, Sandra M. and her husband, David R. Del Monte, of Port Orchard and Renee A. Hibbard of East Boston and six grandchildren. Online memorial at


Jose Ortiz, 84

Retired Laborer

Jose Ortiz died in his Chelsea home on November 16 surrounded by his loving wife and family after an arduous battle with lung cancer. He was 84 years old.

Born in Orocovis, Puerto Rico, he was the son of the late Estiban and Josefina (Torres-Otero) Ortiz. He received his education in Puerto Rico and as a young man he worked as a farmhand. He married and supported his wife and seven children in Orocovis, laboring on the local farms and during the off seasons he worked in the building and roofing trades.

Mr. Ortiz relocated his family to the Boston area in 1975 and settled in Chelsea 10 years later.  He worked at the produce market and as an installer for a chain link fence company. He retired at the age of 64 but only for reasons of declining health.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Margarita Alicea Ortiz; his devoted children, Isabel, Carmen, Jose, Hiram, Betty, Belen and Hector L. Ortiz. He was the dear brother of Raquel Ortiz and Silvia Ortiz-Rivera and is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held in his family home in Orocovis, Puerto Rico this weekend followed by burial in the town cemetery.  Local visitation and services were at the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.


Rose Butkovitz, 94

Chelsea resident

Rose (Rubin) Butkovitz of Chelsea, formerly of Malden, died on November 16. She was 94 years old.

She was the devoted wife of the late David Butkovitz; dear sister of Rita Turetsky, the late Harry Rubin and Frances Horwitz-Fish and is also survived by step-children and loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Burial was in Sharon Memorial Park. Shiva was private. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements were entrusted to Goldman Funeral Chapel – Malden.


Corinne Witkowski, 79

Retired Lab Technician

Corinne I. (Ankiewicz) Witkowski of Chelsea, formerly of Malden, died at the Massachusetts General Hospital on November 15. She was 79 years old.

Born in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Charles and Sabina (Sobolewski) Ankiewicz, she attended St. Stanislaus Elementary School and was a graduate of St. Rose High School, Class of 1947. After high school, she continued her education by attending the Boston Dispensary School of Medical Technology. After receiving her certificate, she worked for many years as a lab technician at the Chelsea Memorial Hospital and later for the Beth Israel and Deaconess Hospitals in Boston.

She was a Chelsea resident for most of her life and also lived in Malden for 30 years prior to returning to Chelsea in 2006. She was a devoted parishioner of St. Stanislaus Church and a lifetime member of the P.A.V Ladies Auxiliary Post 13, Chelsea. She was also active at the Chelsea Senior Center and was a devoted Red Sox fan.

She was the beloved wife of the late Edward S. Witkowski; devoted mother of Dennise Hofmeister and her late husband, Kurt, of Chilton, WI, Marlene Witkowski of Winthrop and Doreen Petersen and her husband, Bryan, of Dorchester; dear sister of the late Leroy Ankiewicz and loving grandmother of Peter and Andrew Hofmeister.

Her Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, November 20 at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea at 9 a.m. Services will conclude with entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.  Visiting Hours will be at the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home this evening (Thursday) from 4 to 8 p.m. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 330 Congress St. #501, Boston, MA 02210.


Richard DiNapoli, 62

Longtime Chelsea Soldiers Home employee

Richard J. DiNapoli, a lifelong Chelsea resident, died recently. He was 62 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the son of the late James V. and Anna DiNapoli and worked at the Chelsea Soldiers Home for many years.

He is survived by his brother Robert J. DiNapoli and his wife, Ann Marie, of Tewksbury; one daughter, Kimberly, his pet cat, Rusty, and by his good friend and neighbor, Bobby G.

Arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett with committal prayers by the Rev. Vincent Gianni.


Lillian Ellerin, 93

Worked for Department of Unemployment

Lillian (Lescovitz) Ellerin of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died at the Massachusetts General Hospital on November 11. She was 93 years old.

Born in Cambridge, she was raised in Chelsea and lived in Chelsea for more than 60 years before moving to Revere. She worked as a clerk for the Division of Unemployment and will be remembered by her family as a devoted homemaker who had a strong influence on everyone she touched.

She was the devoted wife of the late Myer Ellerin; beloved mother of Dr. Philip S. and Barbara Ellerin, Anita Lederman and John Dobbyn, Jr., and Robert W. and Vilaiwon Ellerin; adored grandmother of Sarra Lederman, Marc and Shari Lederman, Todd and Mahla Ellerin, Lauren and David Cohen, Janice Ellerin and Paul Ellerin. She was the cherished great grandmother of seven.

Private services were held at the Mishna Cemetery in Everett with arrangements by the Goldman Funeral Chapel of Malden. Expressions of sympathy may be donated to the charity of one’s choice.

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