Obituaries 01-14-2010

Warren Manning Sr.

Retired City of Chelsea employee

Warren R. Manning Sr. of Chelsea died on January 6 following a long and courageous battle. He was 76 years old.

A US Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was born in Somerville and was a lifelong Chelsea resident, although he did spend a short time residing in Revere. He attended St. Rose Elementary School and was a graduate of Don Bosco High Technical School in Boston. He was a skilled man who worked a variety of different jobs, but spent most of his career working for the City of Chelsea in the maintenance department of City Hall.

He was the beloved husband of the late Elfriede (Maier) Manning, the devoted father of Warren R. Manning Jr. of Chelsea, Diane Manning of Salem and the late Robert F. Manning. He was the devoted partner of Kathleen Brennan of Chelsea. He is also survived by his granddaughter.

Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For online guestbook please visit


Frank Blackmore Jr.

Chelsea resident

Frank A. Blackmore Jr. of Chelsea, formerly of Malden, died on January 6.

He was the father of Nicholas Blackmore of Shrewsbury, Andrew Bresnahan of Londonderry, N.H., and the late Frank Snow; son of Mildred Blackmore of Stoneham and the late Frank A. Blackmore Sr.; brother of Bobby Joe Strickland and his wife, Christine, of Newton, NH and Susan Malaab and her husband, Ghassan, of Melrose and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, 144 Salem Street, Malden today, Thursday, January 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to Hope Foundation, 170 Morton St, Jamaica Plain, MA. 02130. For obituary and directions,


George Costa

Retired Chelsea DPW Superintendent and Supervisor

George W. Costa of Malden, formerly of Chelsea, died at the Kaplan Family Hospice House surrounded by his loving family on January 6. He was 76 years old.

Born in Cambridge, he was the son of the late Francis and Grace (Spinney) Costa.

He attended local parochial schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. In 1953, he was drafted into the US Army during the Korean Conflict and after serving his country, he was honorably discharged. He worked for the City of Chelsea for more than 30 years as a Supervisor and later as a Yard Superintendant for the Public Works Department, retiring in 1992.

He was the beloved husband of Joanne Palmer of Malden, with whom he shared 44 loving years; devoted father of Lorena Rasmussen of Chicago, IL, Edna Anne Palmer and her husband, Richard, of Florida, Andrew Palmer of East Boston, Earlene Palmer and Amy Palmer, both of Malden; dear brother of Francis Costa of Revere; cherished grandfather of Nicholas and Leonard and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial with full military honors was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. For online guestbook, please visit


Lorraine LaBone

East Boston resident

Lorraine I. (Gibbons) La Bone of East Boston died on January 4.

She was the beloved wife of the late Russell LaBone; loving mother of Virginia LaPia, David LaBone and Geraldine Maguire, all of East Boston, Ann Marie LaBone of Chelsea and Russell LaBone of Ft. Wayne, Indiana; cherished daughter of Virginia Gibbons; dear sister of Frances Antrim, Doanna Harland, Joseph “Buddy” Gibbons, Mary Rizzo and Daniel Gibbons; cherished grandmother 16, great grandmother of 13 and aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were entrusted to Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, East Boston.


Barbara Santella

Restaurant Owner

Barbara Santella of Florida, formerly of Revere and Chelsea, died peacefully at her home in Sarasota, Florida on Christmas Eve. She was 82 years old.

She was born in Chelsea and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. She attended the Art Institute of Boston and worked for Bell Telephone Company and Western Union.

She and her late husband, William P. Santella, owned and operated Suffolk Downs Track Kitchen, Lums Restaurant in Saugus, The Beef and Brandy Restaurant in Revere, and the B & B Discothèque. Prior to retirement, she worked for the Marriot and the United States Postal Service. She relocated to Sarasota Florida after retirement where she worked part time for her daughter.

She was the wife of the late William P. Santella, Master Electrician; the daughter of the late Felix Arketook and Olga (Zaika) Arketook; sister of the late Michael Arketook, Jean Handler, Marina Arketook and William Arketook. She is survived by three children, Elaine Kretas of North Berwick Maine, Andrew Santella of Swampscott, and Carol Fenzl of Sarasota, Florida. She also leaves four grandchildren, Tara Ministeri, Christopher Kretas, Adam Santella and Alexis Santella; three nephews, Nicholas, Jonathan, and Christopher Willis, and a niece, Donna Handler. She will also be greatly missed by her best friend, Claire Reed of Revere.

Private services will be held in Sarasota, Florida.


Barbara Shapiro

Of Swampscott, formerly of Chelsea

Barbara R. (Daniels) Shapiro of Swampscott, formerly of Marblehead and Chelsea, died on January 9 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. She was 84 years old.

Born in Chelsea, she was a graduate of Chelsea High School. Mrs. Shapiro was a professional singer for many years, a career she began in junior high school. While her children were young, she was a homemaker. Once her children went to school, she started working first at Duchess Footwear and then as a bookkeeper at Tri-City Sales in Salem for 30 years. She volunteered at the Swampscott Town Hall and worked at the polls.

She lived in Marblehead for 30 years prior to moving to Swampscott. She was a long time member of Temple Israel and sang in the temple choir for more than 30 years. She loved to play mah jong, bridge and canasta with her many friends.

She was the devoted mother of Gloria Larkin, Gerald Shapiro and his wife, Susanne, and Steven Shapiro and his wife, Julie; loving sister of the late Wallace Daniels; cherished grandmother of Victoria Larkin, Joseph Larkin, Aaron Shapiro and his wife, Amy, Joshua Shapiro, Sarah Shapiro, Amanda Farabaugh and her husband, Andy, and Darryl Nau; dear great grandmother of Drew Farabaugh and beloved aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, 10 Vinnin Street, Salem today, Thursday, January 14 at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Congregation Shirat Hayam Cemetery, Temple Israel Section, Peabody. Memorial Observance will be held at the Clubhouse at Crown Pointe, Swampscott today from 2 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society , Central New England Region – Boston, 18 Tremont Street, Suite 700, Boston, MA 02108 or to Hospice of the Northshore, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.


Annette Wareham

Retired Hairdresser

Annette J. (Hall) Wareham, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died on January 8 at the Massachusetts General Hospital after a short illness. She was 72 years old.

A graduate of Chelsea Schools and Chelsea High School, she retired as a hairdresser after working for 30 years with her sister at the “House of Rose” in Lynn and at another salon in Chelsea.

She was the beloved mother of Susan Wareham of Chelsea and Linda D. Wareham of Everett; dear sister of Edward Hall and his wife, Mary Ann, of Florida and Rose Allen of Wakefield.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.


William Nickerson

Of Florida, formerly of Revere

William Nickerson of Port Charlotte, Florida, formerly of Revere, died on Christmas Eve Morning, December 24 after a long and courageous batle with colon cancer. He was 85 years old.

Born in June of 1924, he served in the Pacific with the US Air Force during World War II and his plane was shot down in combat. He survived and returned home to marry his sweetheart, Dottie Nickerson, in December of 1945. Together, they built a home and raised a family in Malden where he served on the Malden Police Force in the 1950’s. The couple volunteered their time with the 27th Lancers Drum & Bugle Corps in the 1970’s with Mr. Nickerson keeping the instruments in excellent condition.

The Nickersons lived in several cities in Massachsuetts and eventually settled in Revere where they lived until Mrs. Nickeson died in February of 1988. Mr. Nickerson continued working at the Seaview Towers and Waters Edge Apartments where he ran the maintenance divisions until he finally retired at the age of 82 and moved to Florida to live with this oldest son, Leigh, in Port Charlotte.

Mr. Nickerson will be greatly missed and always loved by those who knew him. He is survived by his two sons, Leigh, and his wife, Debbie, of Port Charlotte and Scott and his wife, Janet, of Tewksbury. He also leaves four grandchildren, Sandy Monaco, Brian Nickeson, Robert and Andrew Nickerson and seven great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held this spring when he will be brought home to Massachusetts for burial alongside his wife, Dottie. Details will be announced later.  Friends and Family are invited to view an online Tribute for Bill Nickerson and leave remarks in his “Memory Book” at


Dr. Sidney McPherson

Class Act as Doctor, Dad and Human Being

Dr. Sidney R. McPherson of Cotuit died on January 3 at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis. He was 91 years old.

Born in 1918 in Hartford, CT, he attended William H. Hall High School, Dartmouth College and Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia. He served his country in World War II as a physician with a rank of Captain in the US Army. In 1949 he opened his orthopedic practice in Hartford and was Chief of Orthopedics at Hartford Hospital until 1970. At that time he relocated to Cape Cod and began an orthopedic practice at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis.

During his many years in the emergency and operating rooms, his skills as a surgeon earned him due respect among his peers and his patients. His love of the water and boats started as a young boy at his parent’s home at Nauset Beach and continued throughout his entire life. From sailing out of the Essex Yacht Club on the Connecticut River to exploring the waters off Cape Cod, he was a true sailor at heart.

In an era with no computers, radars or GPS’s, his navigational skills always assured a safe return, much to the relief of his family. He was never one to sit still. There was always an on-going project that eventually got done Dad’s way! He was a real class act as a doctor, a dad and a human being.

He is survived by his son, Sidney R. McPherson Jr and his girlfriend, Janice DeSantis, of Chelsea, his daughter Laurie A. Hazelton of Newington, CT and his daughter and son-in-law Dr. C. Dan and Laura Sooy of Healdsberg, CA; his grandchildren Ross and Amanda Sooy of California and several nieces and nephews. He was the husband of the late Leonore (Goudie) McPherson and the late Estelle (Hannon) McPherson, brother of the late Clarice Chisholm and his grandfather of the late Timothy R. Hazelton.

The family of Dr. McPherson wishes to express their gratitude to the staff at Cape Regency/Brookside in Centerville, MA for their compassion and the wonderful care that was given to our father. He was treated like family, which was a comfort to us during a difficult time.

A graveside service will be held for Dr. McPherson on March 22, 2010 (vernal equinox, Dad!) at 11 a.m. at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. Friends and family are invited back to Dad’s house for some fond memories and good sea stories. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to Cape Cod Hospital, P.O. Box 370, Hyannis, MA02601.


James Benton PhD

Of Canada, formerly of Chelsea

James A. “Jim” Benton PhD, formerly of Chelsea, died peacefully at his home in King’s Bay Seagrave, Canada on November 28. He was 63 years old.

He was the beloved husband of Coral (Shifrer) Benton; dear brother of Kathleen “Ginger” of Revere and Patricia “Patti” and her husband, Gerry, of Westport; loving uncle of John, Vincent, Victor, Timothy and Gina Russo and is also lovingly remembered by his extended family in Canada.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of his life in the Chapel of the Resurrection in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere, on Saturday, January 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a service at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in his name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 3815-1942 or the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For directions and guest book, visit:


William DiNunzio

Retired Traffic Manager for Former American Biltrite of Chelsea

William P. DiNunzio of Malden, formerly of the North End, died January 7 in the Epoch Senior Healthcare Center in Melrose. He was 79 years old. 

Mr. DiNunzio was born in the North End of Boston on April 19, 1930, the son of Pasquale and Camella (Marciano) DiNunzio. He was educated in the Boston Schools and was a graduate of the Commerce High School in Boston, Class of 1947.

He was a peacetime veteran of the US Army. He worked for the former American Biltrite Rubber of Chelsea as a Traffic Manager for 25 years. After retirement, he worked for the City of Malden as a Crossing Guard and could be seen daily at his crossing post at the corner of Sylvan and Lebanon St. in Malden for over 10 years. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing all card games or watching a good movie on television. He was mostly a family man who loved and cherished time with his family and loved to tell a good joke or story.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Lucille M. (Travers) DiNunzio; his children Laura L. Murray and her husband, Ken, of Malden, Paul J. DiNunzio and his wife, Jacquelyn, of Tewksbury and Donna M. Vining and her husband, Steven, of Saugus. He was the cherished grandfather of  Donna M. Little and her husband, Jeffrey, of Leominster, Matthew D. McComb of North Reading, Cory T. Vining of Saugus and Sydney F. DiNunzio of Tewksbury and  great-grandfather of Jenna and Justin Little.

Funeral arrangements were by the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, Malden. Contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of ones choice.


Frank Richard

Skilled Carpenter, Member of Winthrop BPOE Elks

Frank J. Richard, formerly of Revere and Winthrop, died on December 25 after a brief illness. He was 60 years old.

Born in Boston, the dear son of the late Benjamin J. Richard and Jeanette Labbe, he was a skilled carpenter who applied his trade in various North Shore communities and was a longtime member of the Winthrop Loge of Elks, 1078.

He is survived by 11 brothers and sisters: Joseph Richard, Annette Purcell, both of New Hampshire, Janet Sturges of Fitchburg, Joann Scrabner of Indiana, Wayne Richard of Saugus, Edward Richard of Tewksbury and Linda Riley, Barbara Richard, Arnold Richard and Ernie Richard, all of Chelsea.

Funeral services and burial were private with arrangements by the Frazier Funeral Home of Winthrop. Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be donated to: The Elks National Foundation, c/o The Secretary, Winthrop Lodge of Elks, 191 Washington Avenue, inthrop,MA 02152 or a charity of your choice.


Sabina Augulewicz

Of Maine, formerly of Chelsea

Sabina (Baran) Augulewicz of Eliot, ME, formerly of Chelsea and Salem, died on January 5 at the home of her son and daughter in law, John and Kathy Augulewicz. She was 87 years old.

Born in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Mary (Bozek) Baran. Prior to her retirement, she worked for the former Parker Brothers Game Co. in Salem.

She was the wife of the late Benny Augulewicz; mother of Richard of Beverly, Edward of Peabody, and John of Eliot, ME. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Kristen, Breanna, Erin, Adam, Sean and Ashley Augulewicz and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Beatrice Ciesielski and John and Chester Baran.

Funeral arrangements were by the David H. Gonet Funeral Home, Salem. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Baptist Church, 28 St. Peter St., Salem MA 01970. For online guestbook please visit


Mary Cipollone

Of Chelsea and Florida

Mary V. (Wozniak) Cipollone, a resident of Chelsea who wintered in Lake Wales, Florida, died on January 5 at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington after a short illness. She was 65 years old.

She was born in Chelsea, was a graduate of Cardinal Cushing High School and owned and operated the Cipollone Insurance Agency for 10 years. Mrs. Cipollone was a member of the Red Hat Society, the Wakefield Bowling League and a CCD instructor at Our Lady of Grace Church.

The beloved wife of Phillip L. Cipollone of Chelsea, she was the dear mother of Lawrence Cipollone, Richard Cipollone and PFC Daniel Cipollone US Army, all of Chelsea; mother-in-Law of Clarice Cipollone – MacDonald of Saugus; sister of Chester E. Wozniak of Marlborough, Thomas F. Wozniak of New Hampshire, Dorothy A. Noury and her husband, Richard R., of New Hampshire; daughter of the late Chester M. and Sophie G. (Jankowski) Wozniak and is also lovingly survived by four grandchildren, Andrea, Samantha, Felicia and Dana.

Funeral arrangements were by the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The O.L.G. Building Maintenance Fund, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea, MA 02150 or The Tribute Program St. Jude Children’s Research Hosp, 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105

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