Obituaries 12-17-2009

Peter Bass Sr.

Polaroid retiree, Active member of Masons

Peter R. Bass Sr. of Lexington died on December 9.

A Camera Technician Large Format Photography at Polaroid for 35 years, traveling worldwide, he was a US Army veteran of the Korean War, a member of Aleppo Temple Shriners, Royal Order of Jesters Boston Court 103, Norfolk and Simon W. Robinson Masonic Lodges.

He was the beloved husband for 50 years of Rosemarie V. (Riminiscenza) Bass; loving father of John P. Bass of Chelmsford and the late Peter R. Bass Jr. and cousin of Lillian Angelo of Chelsea.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Douglass Funeral Home, Lexington. Burial was at Westview Cemetery, Lexington. Memorial donations may be made to the Shriners’ Burns Institute, 51 Blossom St. Boston, MA 02114.


Henry “Terry” Chester, 78

Dow Chemical Sales Rep., Retired US Naval Corpsman

Henry “Terry” Chester of Gilbert, Arizona, formerly of Dover, NH, Peabody, Lynn and Chelsea, died suddenly on November 23 after a brief illness. He was 78 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the son of the late Henry Chester and Charlotte Wilson. He graduated from Cambridge Latin in 1948 and attended Loyola and Northeastern Universities. He worked as a successful pharmaceutical sales rep for Dow Chemical for 33 years.

His passion, however, was the armed forces and he served from 1947 retiring as a US Navy senior chief hospital corpsman in 1989.

Mr. Chester is survived by his son, Richard Chester and his wife, Ellen, of Gilbert, Arizona and Joanne Chester D’Entremont of Peabody; six grandchildren, Cassie, Derrick and Cody Cheser of Arizon and Jason, Gary and Jackie D’Entremont of Peabody; three grandchildren, Lily and Trice Scott of Arizona and Samantha D’Entremont of Charleston. He is also survived by a brother, Robert, of Arkansas, two sisters in law and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Mr. Chester’s request was for a US Naval burial at sea. A private memorial is planned.


Robert Hightower Jr.

Chelsea resident

Robert L. Hightower Jr of Chelsea died on December 7.

He was the devoted father of Robert III and Calinda Goglia, both of Chelsea, and Dacia Gotimer of Lynn; former husband of  Carolyn McKinley of Chelsea; brother of Brenda Lindsey of Las Vegas, Patricia Moreno of Chelsea and Shirley Abounaja of Revere. He is also survived by eight loving grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit:


Beverly Arsenault, 77

Of Saugus, formerly of Chelsea

Beverly A. (Maltais) Arsenault of Saugus, formerly of Chelsea, died December 11. She was 77 years old.

The beloved wife of Joseph H. Arsenault, she was the loving mother of Kathleen Morse of Billerica, Keith Arsenault of Florida, Kim DeRuosi of Saugus, Kelly Guarino of Saugus and Paul Graham of Lynn; sister of Ruth Maronski of Saugus and the late Robert Maltais; cherished grandmother of 13 and great grandmother of six.

Funeral arrangements were by the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to the St. Jude Shrine, 512 W. Saratoga Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. For condolences, please visit:


Dianne Green

Chelsea resident

Dianne M. (Irwin) Green of Chelsea, formerly of Winthrop, died on December 8.

She was the beloved wife of Richard E. Green with whom she shared 40 years of marriage; loving mother of Kimberleyann, Laurie, Lissa, Tammy, Michaele and the late Michelle and Larry Green and Richard’s children, James, Mark, Kurt, David, Shelly, Dianne and the late Michael Green; dear sister of James Irwin of Revere and the late Barbara Irwin; cherished grandmother of 28 grandchilren.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was private. Remembrances may be made to the All Care Hospice, 16 City Hall Square, Lynn, MA 01901. For guestbook,


Alice O’Leary

Charlestown Golden Age Center Member

Alice R. (Vallee) O’Leary of Charlestown died on December 14.

A member of the Golden Age Center, Charlestown, she was the loving wife of the late Leo P. O’Leary; cherished mother of Thomas Sawchuk and his wife, Debra, of Woburn, Kathy Merritt of Londonderry, NH, Mary Ann O’Leary of Chelsea, Denise O’Leary of Newton and the late James P. O’Leary; loving grandmother of Sherrie, Adam, Joshua, Lindsay, Christopher, Shayne and Joey; loving great grandmother of Dylan, Hailey and Dakotah; sister of late Theresa Zuccala, George and John Vallee and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

The family will accept visitors today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Boston Harborside Home of J. S. Waterman & Sons Waring-Langone, 580 Commercial St., Boston. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, December 18, at 10 a.m. in St Mary’s Church, 55 Warren St, Charlestown. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester. Contributions can be made in her memory to Compassionate Care Hospice, 800 Cummings Park, Suite 3400, Woburn, MA 01801 or to Mt. Auburn Cancer Research, Attn. Development Dept. 330 Mt. Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138. A shuttle service will be offered to neighbors and friends to meet at 42 Dunstable Street to the Funeral Home and return starting at 4 p.m.


Dennis Cronin

Retired Carpenter

Dennis L. Cronin, a resident of Chelsea since 1967, died at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett on December 14. He was 89 years old.

Born in Peabody, he was veteran of World War II and a long time self employed carpenter until his retirement.

He was the devoted husband of Eileen (Tedford); beloved father of Mary Kaitz of Holliston and Paul Michael Cronin of Chelsea; brother of the late Mary Cronin, Thomas Leo Cronin, Jr., Helen Dennehy and Paul James Cronin; cherished grandfather of Erica Ann Kaitz-Langley of Hopedale, Elizabeth Regina Kaitz and Dianna Marie Kaitz, both of Holliston, Bijan and Azad Cronin, both of Chelsea and is also lovingly survived by his great grandchildren, Cassie and Brenna Langley as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Service followed by Entombment in the Chapel of the Holy Cross Mausoleum, 175 Broadway, Malden, today, Wednesday, December 16 at 10 a.m. Visiting Hours are respectfully omitted. Funeral arrangement entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea. To send a message of condolence to his family, please visit


Dickranouhi ’Mary’ Yacubian

Chelsea resident

Dickranouhi “Mary” (Goshdigian) Yacubian of Chelsea died on December 13.

The beloved wife of the late Mardiros Harry Yacubian, she was the devoted mother of Nancy Rotondi of Wakefield and Harry Yacubian of Chelsea; loving grandmother of Lisa Demos, Gregory Rotondi, Stephanie Grimes and Christina DiVirgilio and great grandmother of six; sister of Gabriel, Varney, Marion and the late Diran, Haroutune and Garabed Goshdigian. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at Holy Trinity Armenian Church, 145 Brattle Street, Cambridge today, Thursday, December 17 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Memorial gifts may be made to the above named church. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.


Ida ‘Edith’ Vento

Chelsea resident

Ida “Edith” Vento of Chelsea died on December 14 at the Chelsea Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Boston and a resident of the North End until her marriage, she was the devoted wife of the late John J. Vento; beloved mother of Joanne Morabito and her husband, Chelsea Police Officer Michael Morabito, of Saugus and John Vento of Chelsea; dear sister of Carmen Leo of Burlington, Anthony Leo of Stoneham and the late Danny Leo and her twin brother, Rocco Leo; cherished grandmother of Lisa Morabito-Smallwood of Saugus, Joanne Morabito-Vasquez of Chelsea and Michael Morabito of Saugus and is also lovingly survived by her great grandchildren Christina Vasquez, Christopher and Ryan Smallwood as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Friday, December 18 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 11 a.m. Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home will be today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Expressions of sympathy in her name may be made to Beacon Hospice, 529 Main Street, Suite 101, Boston, MA 02129. To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit


Elizabeth LeClair

Member of Revere Moose Ladies Auxiliary

Elizabeth A. (Cobb) LeClair of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on December 13.

A member of the Revere Loyal Order of Moose Ladies Auxiliary, she was the beloved wife of the late Edward; devoted mother of Helene Sullivan of Revere, Kevin of Tewksbury, Michael J. of Louisiana, David of Iowa and the late Edward Jr.; dear sister of the late Robert Cobb, Mary Jo Gallant and Helene Zuccaro and is also survived by 11 loving grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Leukemia Society of MA, 9 Erie Drive, Natick, MA 01760-1312. For guest book, please visit:


Theresa Kaplan

Lifelong member of Hadassah

Theresa E. Kaplan of Maitland, Florida died on December 12 at VITAS Hospice in Winter Park, Florida following a short illness. She was 94 years old.

She was born in Chelsea on June 12, 1915 to the late Morris and Mary (Steinbach) Goldman. Following graduation from high school and secretarial school, she married Simon Jack Kaplan to whom she was married for 52 years when he died in 1990. A homemaker, she worked in her family’s business, Goldman Dairy of Chelsea and with her husband in their kitchen furniture business in Worcester. In 1977, the couple retired to Maitland, Florida where she became an avid golfer and enthusiastic traveler, particularly cruising. Until well after her 94th birthday, she attended thrice weekly yoga classes, swam and walked daily on her treadmill. She was a lifelong member of Hadassah and longtime member of the Jewish Community Center in Maitland. Over the years, she belonged to numerous synagogues.

Mrs. Kaplan is survived by her daughters, Brenda (Dr. Martin) Cohen of Pittsburgh, PA and Nancy (Bob) Carvin of Indian Harbour Beach, FL. She was the exceptional grandmother to Dr. Adam (Elizabeth) Cohen of Valrico FL, Julie Cohen (Bryan Neft) of Pittsburgh PA, Andy (Susanne) Carvin of Silver Spring MD, and Eric Carvin (Dr. Kimberly Noble) of New York City. She was affectionately referred to as G.G. to her great-grandchildren Serena, Alexa and Cassie Cohen, Simon Justin and Zoe Neft, and Kayleigh and Sean Carvin.

A loving wife and mother, her gentle spirit and warm nature attracted numerous friends. She never spoke an unkind word about anybody and everyone who knew her sang her praises.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, PO Box 515, Northhampton MA 01061-0515 or the Maitland Senior Center, 345 S. Maitland Ave, Maitland FL 32751. Graveside funeral services were held at Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon under the direction of Levine Brothers of Brookline. Florida arrangements were entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando FL 32810.


Eva Collibee

Of Melrose, formerly of Chelsea

Eva (Noseworthy) Collibee of Melrose, formerly of Chelsea and Everett, died on December 14.

She was the beloved wife of the late Leonard J. Collibee; devoted mother of William R. Collibee and Leonard A. Collibee, both of Malden, and the late Lorraine D. Reynolds; dear sister of Queen Hayden of Saugus and the late Edna Hampton, Mildred French and Marion Noseworthy, Gertrude, Violet, Roy, Randell, Archibald and Leamon Noseworthy; cherished grandmother of 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great great-grandson.

Her Funeral will be held from the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose, today, Thursday, December 17 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service in honor and remembrance of her life at the First Congregational Church, 300 Central St., Saugus, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For online tribute, directions and guest register please visit


Denise Hurley-Mullaly, 63

Retired Chelsea Schools Director of Special Education

Denise J. Hurley-Mullaly of Revere and Marblehead died after a brief illness at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on December 12. She was 63 years old.

Born in Chelsea, she was an educator and Director of Special Education in the Chelsea School System for over 36 years until her retirement in 2004.

She was the wife of Robert W. Mullaly; beloved niece of Virginia Day of Winchester, Loretta Martin of New Hampshire and David Finlay; grandmother of Tanner and Cullen Mullaly; dear friend of Rosemarie DeFelice of Revere and Lois Albano Sweder of Waltham and is also lovingly survived by many cousins, friends and colleagues.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend her funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea, today, Thursday, December 17 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Michael the Archangel Chapel on the Campus of the Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Avenue, Chelsea at 10 o’clock. Services will conclude with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Expressions of sympathy in her name may be made to the Chelsea High School Scholarship Fund, 299 Everett Avenue, Chelsea, MA 02150. To send a message of condolence to the family, please visit

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