Obituaries 02-03-2010

Victor Falta

Quality Control Inspector

Victor L. Falta of Peabody, formerly of Chelsea, died on February 1 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was 83 years old.

He was born in Chelsea, the son of the late Vincent and Eva (Pajak) Falta and lived in Chelsea until moving to Peabody seven years ago. A Quality Control Inspector for many years, he was employed at Kontron Industries in Everett for several years, and later at Candella in Stoughton, from which he retired in 1998. He was a US Navy veteran of World War II attaining the rank of Seaman First Class and was a longtime member of the Polish American Veterans (PAV) in Chelsea.

He was the husband of the late Catherine P. (Szymanski) Falta and is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen and Diane Falta of Peabody and Robert and Dee Falta of Saugus and two daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and William Dixon and Catherine and James Limardo, all of Peabody, seven grandchildren, one great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

His Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 6 at 9 a.m. from Full-Spychalski Funeral Home, 84 Washington Square East, by Salem Common, Salem, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Adelaide’s Church, 708 Lowell St., Peabody. Visiting hours are Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. For on-line guestbook and obituary, visit


Kathleen Herrera

Of Tewksbury, formerly of Chelsea

Kathleen A. (Gillis) Herrera of Tewksbury, formerly of Chelsea, died on January 26.

She was the sister of Rita Guinta of Halifax and Judy Bassett of Chelsea; aunt of Michelle Guinta of Florida, Denise Bassett of Chelsea and Brain Bassett of New Hampshire.

Funeral arrangements were by the Sullivan Funeral Home in Hanson. Burial was in Fern Hill Cemetery in Hanson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Spindle Fund, c/o Saints Medical Center, One Hospital Dr., Lowell, MA 01852. For online guest book visit


Walter ‘Wally’ Bowe

Saugus resident

Walter A. “Wally” Bowe of Saugus died on January 31. He was 53 years old.

He was the beloved husband of Darlene (LaFlamme) Bowe; loving father of Jillian Bowe and Janae Piso and her partner, Mark Gordon, both of Saugus; loving grandfather of Mark Gordon Jr. of Saugus; treasured son of the late Donald P. and Rose (Travaglione) Bowe and son-in-law of Frank and Elena Lally of Saugus; cherished brother of James and Stella Bowe of MI, Suzanne and Ferdinando Argenti of Methuen, Daniel Bowe and Emily Campbell of Michigan, Robert Bowe of Tennessee, Valerie and Bernd Kirschning of N. Reading, Jacqueline and Christopher DiMichele of N. Reading and Anne and Ernesto Gonzalez of New Jersey; brother-in-law of William and Rhonda LaFlamme of Chelsea and the late Michael LaFlamme. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. He was the uncle of the late Jenessa Kirschning and Laura Bowe.

His Funeral will be held from The Rapino Memorial Home, 9 Chelsea St. (Maverick Sq.) East Boston today, Thursday, at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in Sacred Heart Church, Brooks St., East Boston at 11 a.m. Visit memorial at


Lauretta Martin

Of New Hampshire, formerly of Chelsea

Lauretta P. (Finlay) Martin of North Conway, NH, formerly of Chelsea, died on January 30. She was 87 years old.

She was a member of the Catholic Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus Chelsea Council 83, as well as the KOC Couples Club, the OLG Socialites and the MA Teacher’s Assn.

The wife of the late Edward J. Martin, she was the beloved mother of Edward P. Martin of Lynn, John F. Martin and his wife, Edna, of Wilmington; dear sister of David Finlay and his wife, Kathleen, of Braintree, Virginia Day of Winchester and sister-in-law of the late Wayne Day. She is also lovingly survived by four grandchildren, Edward P. Martin Jr. of San Diego, Jennifer A. Guerin of New York, Jessica A. Martin of Cambridge and John J. Martin of Malden.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the OLG Building Maintenance Fund, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea, MA 02150.


Anne McCormick

Stoughton resident

Anne P. (Bourque) McCormick of Stoughton, formerly of Hyde Park, died on January 28. She was 45 years old.

She was the beloved wife of George Dennis McCormick; loving mother of Sarah Anne McCormick, George Dennis McCormick II, Danielle Margaret Mary McCormick, all of Stoughton; daughter of Rita B. (O’Loughlin) Bourque of Hyde Park and the late Richard W. Bourque; sister of Mary R. Petit and her husband, Thomas, of Braintree, Jeanne Bourque-Goding and her husband, Lyman Goding, of Sandwich, Robert J. Bourque and his wife, Mary, of Chelsea, Kathleen M. Twerago and her husband, Jeffrey, of Stoughton, John F. Bourque and his wife, Maria, of West Roxbury and the late Richard W. Bourque, Jr. and Kevin J. Bourque. Sister in law of Judith Bourque of Hyde Park and Ellen Bourque of West Roxbury and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Farley Funeral Home, Stoughton. Burial was at Knollwood Memorial Park, Canton. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to McCormick Children’s Education Fund, PO Box 93, Stoughton, Ma 02072. Obituary at


Daniel DiBenedetto

US Postal Service retiree, Revere Elks member

Daniel J. DiBenedetto of Revere died on January 27. He was 84 years old.

A US Navy Veteran, who served on the USS Boise, he was a member of the Revere Lodge of Elks, Post 1171 and a retired letter carrier for the US Postal Service, Somerville Branch.

The former husband of Concetta (Saggese), he was the beloved father of Daniel DiBenedetto and his wife, Linda, of Everett, Andrea Mongiello and her husband, John, of Revere, Anthony J. DiBenedetto and his wife, Maryann, of New Hampshire; son of the late Antonio and Giuseppa (DiDonato) DiBenedetto; brother of the late Augustino, Ralph, Ernest, Frank and Bartholomeo and is also lovingly survived by seven grandchildren, Daniel, Tony, Michael, John, Angela M., Angela R., Nicole and 13 great-grandchildren.

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


Andrew Murphy

Past President of the Chelsea Board of Aldermen

Andrew J. Murphy, a resident of Tewksbury for the past 12 years, formerly of Chelsea, Gloucester and Belmont, died on January 27 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He was 79 years old.

Born in Chelsea, he was the son of former Chelsea Alderman, the late Andrew P. Murphy and the late Anna T. (Callahan) Murphy. He was raised in Chelsea, attended St. Rose Parochial School and graduated from Boston College High School in 1948.

Following graduation, he attended Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH.

In 1952, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Korean Conflict with Company D ASAR. Mr. Murphy was awarded several decorations for his military service including the United Nations Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

Prior to his retirement in 1994, he served as President of Zeus New England (now Arrow/Zeus) of Wilmington for 23 years.

He possessed a strong passion for politics and while living in Chelsea, he served as a member and past President of the Chelsea Board of Alderman. Mr. Murphy enjoyed many activities especially reading along with entertaining his colleagues, friends and family playing the organ and piano. In addition, he was an avid golfer and was a former member of the Bass Rocks Golf Club of Gloucester and the Tides Golf Club in Florida. His greatest enjoyment came from the time he spent with his family and doting on his nine beloved grandchildren.

He was the beloved husband of Jane C. (DeBonis) Murphy, with whom he celebrated 45 years of marriage. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Andrew P. Murphy and his wife, Kim, of Reading, Michael B. Murphy and his wife, Karen, of Windham, NH and Matthew K. Murphy and his wife, Tammy, of Tewksbury; one brother, Kevin G. Murphy, and his wife, Virginia, of Chelsea; four sisters, Patricia Doherty, Barbara Parow and her husband, George, all of Florida, Kathleen Paris of Dedham, and Eileen Mullaney of Greenland, NH. He was the beloved “Papa”of nine grandchildren and also leaves many nieces and nephews. Mr. Murphy was the brother of the late Sheila Zecha, Edward and Brendan Murphy.

Funeral arrangements were by the Farmer & Dee Funeral Home, Tewksbury. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, Tewksbury. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For more information, visit:

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