Obituaries 02-11-2010

George Gonsalves

Chelsea resident

George Gonsalves, a 10 year resident of Chelsea, died on February 7 at Eastpointe Nursing Rehabilitation Center after a long illness.

Born in Somerville, for more than 25 years, until his retirement, Mr. Gonsalves worked in the parts department for Knox Bros. Dodge on Broadway in Somerville.

He was the devoted son of the late Joseph and Mary (Sousa) Gonsalves; devoted brother of Dorothy Benedetti of Malden and the late Ruth Roland, Mary Lynch and Henry and Joseph Gonsalves.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend his Funeral from the Smith-Carroll Funeral Home, 721 Salem Street, (Maplewood Square) Malden on Tuesday, February 16 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church, 770 Salem Street, Malden at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with burial at Cambridge Cemetery. To send a message of condolence to George’s family, please visit


Elizabeth MacCuish

Retired Whidden Hospital Dietery Aide

Elizabeth (Flight) MacCuish, a 37 year resident of Malden, formerly of Chelsea, died on February 3 at the Hammersmith House Nursing Home after a long illness. She was 85 years old.

Mrs. MacCuish was born in Chelsea, attended Chelsea Schools and retired as a dietery aide at the Whidden Memorial Hospital after 39 years of dedicated service. She was a former member of the Purple Star Lodge and the Home League of the Salvation Army.

She was the wife of the late George N. MacCuish; beloved mother of James W. Howard and his wife, Sandra, of Maine and Donna-Lee Aufiero and her husband, James, of Revere; sister of the late William Flight, Jr., Elsie Flight, Helena Flight and is also lovingly survived by five grandchildren, Lee-Ann Gannon, Patricia Lee Baltzley, James W. Howard Jr, all of Maine, James J. Aufiero Jr. and Alisha Aufiero, both of Revere, and five great-grandchildren, Samantha, Miranda, Hunter, Kelsey- Lee, and Alex.

Funeral arrangements were by the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody. Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army Malden Mystic Valley Corp, 213 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148.


Louis Rocky Filomino

Lifelong Chelsea resident

Louis Rocky Filomino, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died at home on February 3 after a long illness..

A disabled US Navy veteran, he was the son of the late Charles and Kathleen (Cleary) Filomino; the husband of Deborah (Linscott) Filomino; father of Stephanie and Tiffany Filomino, both of Georgia; brother of Estelle Bush and Priscilla Filomino, both of Georgia, and dear friend of Debra Bouley.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Michael the Archangel Chapel on the campus of the Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Avenue, Chelsea on Friday, February 12 at 10 a.m. Visitation with the family prior to the Mass will be in the Cardinal Cushing Pavillion from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Committal Service are private. To send a message of condolence to his family, please visit


Mary Callahan

Retired Nurse

Mary E. (Gillespie) Callahan of Foxborough, formerly of Chelsea, died on February 5. She was 82 years old.

A retired nurse for the Neponset Valley Health System, she was a member of the US Nurse Cadet Corps during World War II.

She was the wife of the late Paul G. Callahan; beloved mother of Paul J. and his wife, Maureen, of Woodbridge, VA, Edward M. and his wife, Jean, of New Hampshire, James M. of Florida, Patricia and her husband, Nils Bolgen, of Foxborough and Mary Beth and her husband Charles Lepkowsky of California; loving sister of Edward and his wife, Susan Gillespie, of North Reading and James Gillespi of Danielson, CT. She is also survived by 11 loving grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral arrangements were by the Roberts & Sons Funeral Home, Foxborough. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Foxborough. To light a candle in her memory please visit the funeral home website For additional information please contact 508-543-5471. Donations in her memory may be made to St. Mary’s Womens Guild Scholarship Fund, 83 Central Street, Foxboro, MA 02035.


Jane Russo

Newton resident

Jane D. Russo of Newton died on February 6. She was 59 years old.

She was the devoted mother of Rhonda (Guglielmo) Poirier and her husband, Roger, of Newton; daughter of Mary G. (Russo) and the late Jerry Russo; dear sister of John Russo of Chelsea; loving grandmother of Kelsey and Amber.

Funeral arrangements were by the Andrew J. Magni & Son Funeral Home, Newton. Entombment was in Newton Cemetery Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Whiskers of Hope Inc, c/o Rhonda Poirier, 144 Chapel St, Newton, MA 02458.


Joseph Leone

Of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston

Joseph N. Leone of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston, died on February 4.

He was a US Army veteran of World War II and Past President of Local 209.

The husband of the late Bridget (Cardone) Leone, he was the loving father of John Leone of Chelsea, Diane Leone of Cambridge and the late Robert Leone; dear brother of Edward, John and Robert Leone and the late Mary Marcucci, Janet Leon and Ernest Leone.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Mr. Leone’s life in the Chapel of the Resurrection in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere on Saturday, February 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. with a service at 3 p.m. For guest book and directions, please visit:


Murtagh ‘Uncle Leo’ Harrington

Decorated Veteran, Café Manager, member of many local organizations

Murtagh “Uncle Leo” Harrington died on February 3 at the Chelsea Soldiers Home where he has been receiving supportive care for the past two years. He was 89 years old.

Born, raised and a lifelong resident of Chelsea, he was the son of the late Murtagh and Mabel (Nickerson) Harrington and spent the last 20 years living in the Soldiers Home Dormitory. He attended local schools and in 1940 he enlisted in the US Army, serving throughout World War II and engaged in conflict in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. He was awarded a bronze star during the battle of Luzon and was honorably discharged in December of 1945 when he returned to Chelsea.

Known affectionately by all who knew him as “Uncle Leo”, he worked for many years managing Cutlers Café, a popular Chelsea pub and eatery. “Uncle Leo” was a member and frequent visitor to nearly all of Chelsea’s fraternal and veteran clubs, such as the Chelsea Moose, P.P.C., the Irish Club, Knights of Columbus, the ITAM’s and many others.

He was the dear brother of Eunice Ford of New Hampshire, Alva Seaver of Florida, Frances Daniels of Oklahoma and the late George “Ed” Harrington, Florence Walsh, Mary Wozniak, Vinetta Camp and Dorothy Pucillo and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

His Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Michael the Archangel Chapel at the Soldiers Home with Fr. Patrick Healy officiating. Services continued with military honors and burial at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. For online guestbook, please visit


Dorothy Figelski

Of Billerica, formerly of Chelsea

Dorothy H. (Nowicki) Figelski of Billerica, formerly of Chelsea, died on February 4.

She was the beloved wife of Stanley Figelski; loving mother of Robert Figelski and his wife, Amy, of Boxford, Dr. Kathleen Shank and her husband, Charles, of Tyngsboro, Nancy (Figelski) Kelley of Billerica, and Lisa Lynn and her husband, Barry, of Ohio; sister of Josephine Leone of Yarmouth and Wanda Pignato of Malden; devoted grandmother of Michael, Daniel, and Sarah Shank, and Samantha, Jordan, Zachary and Abigail Lynn.

Funeral arrangements were by the Sweeney Memorial Funeral Home, Billerica. Burial was in Fox Hill Cemetery, Billerica. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114 or to the American Liver Foundation, 246 Walnut St., Newton 02160.


John ‘Jackie’ Hanlon

Past Commander PAV Post 13 of Chelsea,

Business Owner

John E. “Jackie” Hanlon died suddenly in his Saugus Home on February 2. He was 66 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the son of the late William and Agnes (Brennan) Hanlon. He attended local schools and enlisted in the US Army in November of 1963 serving during the Vietnam Era. He was honorably discharged in 1965 and returned to Chelsea.

Mr. Hanlon was self employed as sole proprietor of Jay-Cee Cleaning services. Together, with his wife, Carol, he also operated His and Her Ceramics and Hour and Ours Home Crafts. He recently worked for Bank of America in Malden. He was member and Past Commander of the Polish Americans Veterans (PAV) Post 13 in Chelsea.

He was the beloved husband of the late Carol (Koscielecki) Hanlon; devoted father of Sean Hanlon of Saugus; dear brother of William Hanlon and his wife, Roberta, of New Hampshire, Donna Lush and her husband, Timothy, of Chelsea, Diane Cahill and her husband, Frank, of Foxboro, Joyce Runnels and her husband, Dennis, of Sandwich; loving brother in law of Margie Roy and her husband, Donald, of East Boston, Joan O’Neill and her husband, Michael, of Saugus and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Stanislaus Church on February 6 with the Rev. Andrew T. Grelak officiating. Services continued with Military Honors and burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For online guest book and directions please visit


Vernon William Mason

Of Maine, formerly of Chelsea

Vernon William Mason of Fairfield, Maine died unexpectedly at home on January 29. He was 44 years old.

He was born in Boston on February 1, 1965, the son of the late William and Pearl (Langley) Hayes. He grew up in the Boston area and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1984. He married Amy (Carpenter) Mason on September 18, 1999 in Waterville.

He loved to ride Harleys with his wife and friends including trips to Laconia for Bike Week and the yearly trip to Old Orchard for his wife’s family reunion. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife to Oahu, Hawaii and their cruise to several tropical islands. He enjoyed hanging out at bonfires and teasing his friends.  He loved to be the life of the party. Most of all his time was treasured with his wife and son. He will be missed by all.

He is survived by his loving wife of 10 years, Amy Mason of Fairfield; a son, Anthony Mason of Indiana; his brothers, Eddie, Billy, John, Jimmy and Joe; a sister, Rita; his mother in law, Ellie Symonevich; his father in law, Elwyn Carpenter Jr. and his wife, Carolyn; close friends, Michael Salonen, Greg Duguay,  John Burke, Mike Bolduc, Bill McKay and Rony Assaf; several special nieces and nephews; his dogs, Sadie and Lilly and his ferret, Harpo. He was the brother of the late Patty Hayes.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Lawry Brothers Funeral Home,Winslow, Maine. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to defray expenses to Stephanie Symonevich, 1 Brightwood St., Waterville, ME  04901


Felix F. Reyes Sr., 69

Retired Cleaning Company Manager

Felix F. Reyes Sr. , a 15 year resident of Everett, and a former more than 30 year resident of Chelsea, died on February 9 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett shortly after being admitted. He was 69 years old.

During his working years, he was a manager of a commercial cleaning company

He was the devoted husband of Violeta (Segarra); beloved father of Felix F. Reyes, Jr., Noberto Reyes and Efrain Reyes, all of Chelsea; loving brother of Rosin Reyes of New York and Lydia Delgato of Ohio; cherished grandfather of Cynthia, Bebeian, Andre, Xavier, Alex, Joshua, Chenne, Liandra, Alex Nancy and Jasiel and great grandfather of Alexavier, Annaise, Marilyn and Joselyn.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Service in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Saturday, February 13 at 10 a.m. Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home will be on Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. Services will conclude with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

To send a message of condolence to his family, please visit

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