Obituaries 01-07-2010

Frances Ash

Chelsea resident

Frances K. Ash of Chelsea died on December 28.

She was the devoted mother of Jay Ash and his wife, Susan, of Danvers, William Ash and his wife, Keiko, of Rutland; the dear sister of Anne Surawski and her husband, Joe, of Lynn; cherished grandmother of Kevin and Brian Ash, Taiichi, Kiichi, Junichi and Koichi Ash.

Funeral Services were private. Should friends desire contributions in her memory may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home Foundation, 17 Lafayette Ave. Chelsea MA 02150. For online guestbook, please visit


Marie Bouchie

Former Chelsea resident

Marie (Cronin) Bouchie was at all times a lady and for her Chelsea was the greatest place in the world.

Although she was married to the well known former Chelsea electrician and man about town George Bouchie, Mrs. Bouchie had always been a personality and a woman who was noticed and respected by people from all walks of life.

Politics was in her blood.

She worked for many years for City Clerk Johnny Dalis and was secretary to former Mayor John Slator.

She also worked closely with the late John Donovan as his secretary when he was a vice-president of the Red Sox.

When she was just starting out, she worked for the EA McCarthy Insurance Company, which was so well known and respected for so many decades.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, sister, two nieces and a nephew.

Burial will be in the Veterans Cemetery in Lake Worth, Florida.n of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.


George Catalano

Co-Founder of Catalano Brothers Trucking Co.

George J. Catalano, a lifelong Chelsea resident, died from an unexpected complication following a brief illness on December 24 at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He was 92 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the son of the late David and Mary (Iantosca) Catalano. He attended local schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. At the young age of 17, he was a co-founder of Catalano Brothers. Trucking Co., and was presently its very active CEO. During World War II, he was active in local civil defense, volunteering as an air raid warden for the city. A longtime member of the Mass 100 Club, his initial membership helped to qualify Chelsea Police and Firefighters inclusion in benefits.

He was the beloved husband of the late Aldine M. (Gallant) Catalano; devoted father of David Catalano and his wife, Gail, of Middleton, Fred Catalano and his wife, Carol, of Westford and Georgine Catalano of Chelsea; dear brother of Patrick Catalano of Chelsea, Lillian Verricchio of Lynnfield and the late Mary Fuccillo, Jennie Bettencourt, Joseph, Ralph, Anthony and Andrew Catalano; cherished grandfather of Kenneth Catalano, Kim Polombo and her husband, Gerry, all of New Hampshire, Lorrie Catalano of Billerica, Courtney Catalano of Medford and Christopher Catalano of Chelmsford, He is also survived by four loving great grandsons.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home Chelsea. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. 


Sandra Souza

Cambridge resident

Sandra Souza of Cambridge died on January 1.

She was the mother of Francesco “Frankie” Souza of Chelsea; daughter of Virginia (Spinos) of Cambridge and the late Manuel Souza; sister of John Souza of Cambridge, Francis Souza of Groveland and the late Teddy Souza, Mary McLeod and Angela Parrilo; grandmother of two and long time companion of Billy McCusker of Cambridge.

Her Funeral Service will be held in the Cota-Struzziero McKenna Funeral Home, 197 Washington St., Somerville today, Thursday, January 7 at 10 a.m. Burial will be private. For more information please visit:


Donald Long

Of New Hampshire, formerly of Chelsea

Donald E. Long died on January 4 at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester, NH after a long illness. He was 73 years old.

Born on April 10, 1936 in Sedalia, MO, he formerly resided in Chelsea and Wilmington.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary H. (DeAngelis) Long of Raymond, NH; three daughters, two sons, 11 grandchildren, a brother and a sister.

Calling hours are today, Thursday, January 7 from 5 to 8 the Brewitt Funeral Home, 2 Epping St., Raymond, NH. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, January 8 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 208 Pleasant St., Epping, NH. Burial with Military Honors will follow at the New Pine Grove Cemetery in Raymond, NH. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Amyloid Program Fund, 72 E. Concord St., L 219, Boston, MA 02118. For more information, please visit


Helen Page

Retired Telephone Operator

Helen G. (Snow) Page, a 40 year resident of Revere, died at home surrounded by her loving family on December 19.

  Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Helen (O’Connell) Snow. She was a graduate of St. Rose High School and worked as a telephone operator. A loving wife and mother, she was devoted to her home and family.

She was the beloved wife of 46 years of James Page; devoted mother of Cindy Trant, Suzy Kioussis, Dorothy Morgan, all of Revere, and James Page of Lynn; dear sister of Marie Dempsey of Florida, Billy Snow of South Carolina and the late Dorothy Starr; cherished grandmother of Christina Page, Laura Cudoni, Samantha Kioussis, Nicholas Kioussis, Jacqueline Kioussis, James Kioussis, Jessica Page, Joshua Page, Matthew Page, Mike Morgan and Cate Morgan and adored great-grandmother of Noah Page and Lugi Maringello.

Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.


Doris O’Byck

Chelsea resident

Doris L. (Shine) O’Byck of Chelsea, formerly of Roxbury, died on January 2.

The beloved wife of the late John W. O’Byck, she was the loving mother of Nora Woolwine of New Hampshire, Roberta Purcell of Salem, and the late John and Michael O’Byck; dear grandmother of Nicole Purcell of Wilmington, Andrea Purcell of Salem, Scott Woolwine of Boston, and Kimberly Woolwine of Rockland; great-grandmother of Christopher and Olivia and sister of Noreen Limoli.

Funeral arrangements were by the F. J. Higgins Funeral Home, Roslindale Square. Burial was in Mt. Benedict Cemetery. For on-line guest book go to


John McAleer

Of Boston, formerly of Chelsea

John E. McAleer of Boston, formerly of Chelsea, died on December 27.

He was the dear father of Patrick of South Boston, and Jennifer of Weymouth; cherished son of the late Robert E. and Louise (Melchiona) McAleer; dear brother of Brian of Chelsea, Scott of Revere, and the late Robert McAleer; fond uncle of April Connors; late husband of Christine Mitchell; nephew of Maureen and Michael Harris; cousin to the Pappalardo Family.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. For guest book, please visit:


Lillian Bornstein

Past President of Chelsea Hebrew School and Shurtleff Street Synagogue Sisterhood

Lillian (Zigman) Bornstein of Chelsea, Peabody, and Swampscott died on December 31. She was 89 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Irving Bornstein, she was born in Boston and was a resident of Chelsea for the first 71 years of her life. She attended the Chelsea schools and high school. She was very involved in the Jewish community as a Past President at the Chelsea Hebrew School, a member of Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody, and a Past President of the Sisterhood at the Shurtleff Street Synagogue. She was also a life member at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Roslindale, a member of the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home Women’s Auxiliary and the Jewish Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

She was the devoted mother of Barry A. Bornstein and his wife, Valerie, and Marjorie Reason and her husband, Robert; the dear sister of Rena Mullin and the loving grandmother of Matthew and Marisa.

Funeral arrangements were by Torf Funeral Services, Chelsea. Burial was in Everett. Memorial week will continue at the home of Marjorie and Robert Reason through Sunday. Hours are on Thursday, today, January 7 from 2 to 7 p.m.; Friday, January 8 the hours are 2 to 4 p.m. only; Saturday, January 9 between 5 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, January 10 from 2 to 7 p.m. Donations in her memory may be made to the Chabad of Peabody Jewish Center, P.O. Box 2154, Peabody, MA 01960 or the Cohen Hillel Academy, 6 Community Road, Marblehead, MA 01945. For online guestbook and directions, please visit the funeral home website:


Paul Liberman

Of Florida, formerly of Chelsea

Paul Liberman of Delray Beach, FL, formerly of Bridgeport, CT and Chelsea, died on December 26.

He was the beloved husband of Beverly Miller (Kaplan) Liberman; dear friend of Elinore Weiner; devoted father of Barry, Linda, Kenneth and Donna Miller; sister of Barbara Liberman; cherished grandfather of six and great-grandfather of seven.

Funeral arrangements were by Schlossberg-Solomon Memorial Chapel, Canton. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the charity of one’s choice.


Henry Nazzaro Sr.

Owner of Best Gas in North Reading, member of many organizations

Henry B. Nazzaro Sr. died at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on Christmas Day, December 25. He was 73 years old.

Born, raised and educated in Chelsea, he lived in Andover for the last 31 years. He was the owner and operator of Best Gas on Route 28 in North Reading, a member of the Free Masons, Shriners, North Reading Moose and the North Reading Knights of Columbus. He was also a devoted volunteer at numerous churches including St. Basil’s in Methuen, St. Joseph’s in Wakefield, St. Theresa’s in North Reading, St. Patrick’s in Lawrence and Holy Rosary in Winthrop.

He was the beloved husband of the late Sandra Simons; father of George Nazzaro and his wife, Nancy, of Malden, Henry Jr. and his wife, Kimberly, of Florida, John of Nevada, Mark and his wife, Jenna, of New Hampshire and David Nazzaro of Andover; son of the late George and Michelina (Colerico) Nazzaro; brother of Peter Nazzaro and his wife, Dolores, of Everett and grandfather of Janine, Nicole, Jennifer, Nicholas, Derek and Michael.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cota Funeral Home, North Reading. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Susan G. Koman For The Cure, 89 South Street, Suite LL01, Boston, MA 02111 or St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter St. (Route 62) North Reading, MA 01864.


Irene Connolly

Retired VA Physical Therapist

Irene M. (Cutting) Connolly of Plymouth, formerly of Chelsea and Quincy, died on December 31. She was 83 years old.

A summa cum laude graduate of Tufts-Bouve College, she worked as a Physical Therapist until her retirement from the Veterans Administration. She was compassionate, caring and loving and was blessed to have so many lifelong friends. A genuine caregiver, she always put the needs of others before her own.

She was the beloved wife of the late William P. Connolly; devoted mother of Stephen Connolly and his wife, Sandy, of Houston, TX., Bill Connolly and his fiancé, Karen Raabe, of Westford, Kris Holt and her husband, Jim, of Houston, TX., and Paul Connolly and his wife, Susan, of Plymouth; cherished grandmother of Adam, Vance, Bill, Christopher, Erin, Thomas, William and Melissa; sister of Eleanor Cutting of Quincy.

Her Funeral will be held from the Richard Davis Funeral Home, 619 State Rd. (RT 3A) Manomet with a Funeral Mass at St. Bonaventure’s Church, 799 State Rd., today, Thursday, at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Pine Hills Cemetery, Quincy. Donations in her memory may be made to Compassionate Care ALS, PO Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA. 02574. On-line condolences at


Isaac Martinez

Two months old

Isaac Martinez died on December 27 at the Children’s Hospital in Boston. He was two months old

Born on October 18 with a congenital disease called Charge Syndrome, he endured several surgeries to help aide his short life.

To mourn his loss and cherish his memory He leaves his parents, Luis and Nancy Martinez, his loving brother, Luis Jr. all at home in Everett, his paternal grandparents Luis Antonio and Maria Martinez and his maternal grandparents Carmen Burgos-Ortiz and Zoilo Ortiz, all of Chelsea.

Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.


Martin Tesler, 91

Retired Manufacturer’s Representative

Martin Tesler of Lake Worth, Florida, formerly of Revere, died peacefully on January 4. He was 91 years old.

Born in Chelsea, Mr. Tesler was a long time resident of Revere. He then moved to Florida and has spent the last 23 years living in Lake Worth.  He was a manufacturer’s representative and his extroverted nature was perfectly suited for a lifetime of dealing with people.

He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Gertrude (Meyer); two beloved children Marc Tesler (Ellen) and Sandra Parven (Alvin); adored grandchildren Scott Parven (Cari), Andrew Parven (Michelle), Valeri Michaels (Edward) , Steven Tesler (Merril), Richard Tesler (Yen) and A.J. Tesler (Jenny) and 12 cherished great grandchildren; Olivia, Emma, Sam, Will, Jane, Victoria, RJ, Dianna, Leo, Zeke, Liem and Ailinh.

Funeral arrangements were by the Star of David Funeral Chapel of the Palm Beaches. 9321 Memorial Park Road West Palm Beach, FL 33412.  Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Alzheimer’s Association 3333 Forest Hill Blvd West Palm Beach, FL 33406.

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