Obituaries 03-04-2010

Lorraine Doucette, 91

Former Everett resident

Lorraine K. (Ball) Doucette died on February 26 at the Glenridge Nursing Care Center in Medford/Malden where she has been receiving supportive care for the past nine years. She was 91 years old.

Born and raised in Everett, she was the daughter of the late William and Ann (Sambri) Ball.

Mrs. Doucette devoted herself to family and home. She was predeceased by three husbands and her daughter Joyce McKeon. After the passing of Joyce, she immediately became mother to her grandchildren, Anthony and Denise, raising them as her own children.

She was the beloved wife of the late Philip J. Doucette, Benjamin Gurski and Harold Greenlaw; devoted mother of Patricia Cocorochio, Joseph Gurski and his wife, Carol, all of Saugus, Sandra Goodrich of Chelsea, Philip Doucette Jr. and his wife, Dolly, of Dracut, Michael Doucette and his wife, Cecile, of Revere, Anthony McKeon, Denise Ciulla, and her late dear sister Dorothy Gerrimmi. She was the cherished grandmother of Joseph Gurski Jr. and the late William Gurski and is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in Our Lady of Grace Church on March 2. Services concluded with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home. For online guestbook, please visit


Ann Gianturco RN, 95

Retired Registered Nurse

Ann R. (Marino) Gianturco RN of Chelsea, formerly of Orient Heights East Boston, died on February 26. She was 95 years old.

She was the beloved wife of the late Dr. Nicholas D. Giantruco with whom she shared 51 years of marriage. She was a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1932 and received her RN from Medfield State Hospital School of Nursing. She worked at the East Boston Relief Station on Porter Street and at the Revere Memorial Hospital. She married Dr. Gianturco in 1941 and worked at his home office on Garfield Avenue in Chelsea and as the school nurse at the Shurtliff School in Chelsea until she was 76 years old.

Private funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza Funeral Homes. She was buried with her husband in the family lot in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book:


Evelyn Menovich, 87

Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea

Evelyn Menovich of Revere, formerly of Marblehead and Chelsea, died on February 26. She was 87 years old.

She was the daughter of the late Nathan and Lillian (Cohen) Zeltzerman; beloved wife of the late Charles Menovich; devoted mother of Marvin Menovich and his wife, Jan, of Peabody and Carole Hanak and her husband, Ronnie, of New York; cherished grandmother of Claudia Lyons and also leaves great grandchildren, many loving cousins, nieces, nephews and close friends.

Graveside services were held at Sudilkov Cemetery in Everett. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to the Jack Satter House, Attn: Tenant Association, 420 Revere Beach Blvd, Revere, MA 02151 or to the American Cancer Society , 30 Speen St, Framingham, MA 01701. For more information, Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapels 781-581-2300


Benjamin Miller, 91

Co-Owner of United Beef Company of Boston

Benjamin Miller of Marblehead, formerly of Chelsea, died on February 27. He was 91 year old.

He was the co-owner of United Beef Company of Boston, Commodore of the Dolphin Yacht Club of Marblehead and a long standing member of the Jewish War Veterans and the Shriners.

He was the dear son of the late Joseph and Dora (Novagrodsky) Miller; beloved husband of Bertha (Rudman) Miller; devoted father of Stuart Miller and his wife, Judy, of Stuart, FL and Rhona Weizer and her husband, Norman, of Wayland; loving brother of the late Paul, Sydney, and Leo Miller; cherished grandfather of Jeffrey Schwartz and his wife, Jill, Mark Schwartz and his wife, Heidi, and Lisa Hjorth and her husband, Matthew; great grandfather to Abigail, Talia and Emma Schwartz and Ava Hjorth.

Funeral arrangements were by the Stanetsky – Hymanson Chapel, Salem. Burial was at Agudath Achim Cemetery in Melrose. Memorial observance will continue at his late residence today, Thursday, from 1 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to the charity of one’s choice.


J. George Cooper, 91

Philanthropist, owned Cooper Ford

J. George Cooper of Bay Harbor Islands, FL, formerly of Medford and Revere Beach, died on February 28. He was 91 years old.

The beloved husband of Judith (Faber) Cooper, he was born in Chelsea, attended Chelsea schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. He was the owner of Cooper Ford in Peabody. He was very philanthropic and provided cars to the technical school in Peabody as well as cars for the celebrity stars who performed at the North Shore Music Theatre. He was also very involved in the community as a life-long member of Temple Emmanuel of Chelsea, a life-long member of the Brandeis Men’s Club, a Board Member of the Y.M.C.A. in Peabody, a member of the Board of Directors for the Citizen’s Bank in Peabody and a member of the Kiwanis Club. He was described as someone who “loved life” and was very devoted to family.

He was the devoted father of Lois Kaufman and her husband, David; the dear brother of Gloria Bloom and her husband, the late Harold, and the late Evelyn Zatsky and her husband, the late Norman. He was the loving grandfather of Matthew and Carolyn Rachel.

Graveside services will be held at Temple Emmanuel of Chelsea Cemetery, 50 Buxton Rd., Danvers on Friday, March 5 at 1 p.m. Contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of your choice. For online guestbook and directions please visit the funeral home website,


Olga Sokolowski

Gold Star Mother

Olga (Sokol) Sokolowski, of 40R Highland Avenue, Salem, died February 26 at the Rosewood Nursing Home, Peabody. She was 87 years old.

The wife of the late Michael F. Sokolowski, she was born in Lowell, Sept. 24, 1922, the daughter of the late Mike and Amelia (Vitowicz) Sokol. She was raised and educated in Chelsea before living in Chesapeake, Virginia for 23 years. She has been a resident of Salem since 1996.

Surviving her are her son, Michael Janiak and his wife, Grace, of Salem, a daughter, Diane Gulley and her husband, Phil, of California; four grandchildren, Debra Zelano of Beverly, Susan O’Hearn of Tewksbury, Linda McLaughlin of Salem, and Kristen Janiak of Peabody, and six great-grandchildren. Mrs. Sokolowski was a Gold Star Mother. Her son, the late Frank Sokolowski, was killed in Vietnam. The Sokolowski School in Chelsea is named in his memory. She was also the sister of the late Anna Hallsworth and Julia Sokolowski.

Funeral services were private. Donations may be made in her name to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements were under the direction of the Berube and Sons Funeral Home, Salem. The online guestbook is available through


Victoria Capone

Known for her quick wit and unique personality

Victoria R. (Domenichello) Capone of Everett died peacefully February 24 at The Lighthouse Nursing Home in Revere. She was 97 years old.

The wife of the late Anthony B. Capone Sr., she was born and raised in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Edward and Mary (Volta) Domenichello. She was a long time parishioner of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Chelsea, a life-long member of the Daughters of Italy, Onesta de Lavore Lodge, The Social Club of Everett and the Chelsea Moose Club.

She will be most remembered for her quick wit and that unique personality that made Vicki, “Vicki”. She loved “cheating” at cards and playing practical jokes. She was always good for a laugh. She especially cherished and adored her great-grandchildren who held a special place in her heart. Her face just lit up whenever they were around or anytime she had an opportunity to brag about them. She will be missed dearly by those who were closest to her and she leaves behind memories that will remain in our hearts forever.

She is survived by her son, Anthony B. Capone, Jr. and his wife, Margaret (Tomczak) Capone of Everett; her grandchildren, Mary A. Ferullo and her husband, Ken, of Everett, Anthony B. Capone II and his long time companion, Jana Vachon, of Rochester, NH and Marcy A. Young and her husband, Steven, of Everett. She was the cherished great grandmother of Anthony, Kenny and Angelina Ferullo of Everett and Ryan Vachon and the sister of the late Edward Domenichello, Michael Domenichello, Rose Yanetti, Helen Cesareo and Lucy Brown. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Another member of the family that she shared a very special bond with was the family pet “Bones” who unexpectedly passed the day before. It is our hope and belief that he sensed what was to be and went first to meet her in Heaven. May they both rest in peace.

Services at the request of the deceased were private. Arrangements were by Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus.


Bautista Gonzalez-Ayala

Lynn resident

Bautista Gonzalez-Ayala of Lynn died on February 27.

Born in Utuado, Puerto Rico where he worked as a farmhand, he came to the United States in 1965, settling first in Newark, New Jersey and for the last 26 years in Lynn. He passed away at the North Shore Medical Center-Union Hospital in Lynn on Saturday evening at the age of 94.

He was the devoted father of Carmen Lydia, Luz Maria, Miguel, Efrain, Olga, Gloria, Aida, Victor, Luis, Felecita and Jose; cherished grandfather of many including Oscar, Gabriela, Ezequiel, Luis, Cassandra, Jose, Jr. and Isaud as well as many great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was in Grove Cemetery, Lynn. To send a message of condolence to the family, please visit


Howard Swanson

Professional Stenographer,

Veteran of Two Wars

Howard W. Swanson, a professional stenographer, passed away on February 25 at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center in Revere. He was 82 years old.

Born in Boston, he was the loving son of the late Paul Swanson and Hannah “Anna” (Mullen) Harlow. He attended local schools, enlisted in the US Army in 1945 and served during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1947. He re-enlisted during the Korean Conflict and was discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant.

A professional stenographer, he first worked for the Boston Courts before taking employment with ITT recording and transcribing executive meetings and such. He retired several years ago.

He lived for many years on Orange Street in Chelsea and briefly on Admirals Hill before settling in Revere two years ago.

He was recently predeceased by his sister, Isabelle Holt, and is survived by his beloved niece, Beverly Dunnell, of Medford and her friend, Sam Ferrera. He was the cherished great-uncle of Denice Mauro and her husband, Domenic, and great granduncle of Nicholas Mauro.

A Funeral Service was held at the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home on Monday, March 1st. Services concluded with committal prayers, Military Honors and burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home. For online guestbook, please visit


Michelina ‘Mickey’ Bruno

Of Stoneham, formerly of Chelsea

Michelina “Mickey” (Rozzi) Bruno died at the Eastpointe Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Chelsea on February 25. She was 83 years old.

She was born in Boston on July 22, 1926, raised in East Boston and attended East Boston Schools. Mrs. Bruno moved to Chelsea in 1952 and lived in Chelsea for over 30 years before moving to Stoneham in 1985.

She was a loving mother and grandmother who cherished the times spent with her family. She enjoyed bowling and was a longtime member of St. Rose of Lima Church in Chelsea.

The Bruno family would like to thank the nursing staff and her beloved friends at Eastpointe for the loving care shown to Mrs. Bruno.

She was the beloved wife of the late Carmelo C. Bruno; loving mother of Grace DiFilippo and her husband, Carmen, of Everett, Joseph Bruno and his wife, Karen, of Bourne, Michael Bruno and his wife, Marie, of Melrose and Carl Bruno and his wife, Sheila, of Everett; grandmother of Anthony DiFilippo, Karen D’Arco and her husband, John, Nicholas, Gina, Eric, Michael Jr., Tim, Peter and Christina Bruno; great grandmother of Jessica, Andrew, Lauren, Benjamin and Alison; sister of Theresa Bourque and her husband, Joseph, of Florida and the late Carmella DiGiovanni, Betina Labossier, Vincenzo and Carmen Rozzi; sister-in-law of Jennie and Joe Gulizia and Joseph Bruno. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Gately Funeral Home, Melrose. Entombment was at Woodlawn Mausoleum in Everett. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Home for Little Wanderers, 271 Huntington Ave., Boston, 02115. To sign her guest book, please visit:


Anna Chaklos, 79

Of Salem, formerly of Chelsea

Anna (Pzyra) Chaklos of Salem, formerly of Chelsea, died on February 22 afer a brief illness. She was 79 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was a graduate of Chelsea High School and lived in Chelsea until moving to Salem in 1967. She worked for Salada Tea in East Boston and while living in Chelsea, she was a communicant of St. Stanislaus Parish where she was a member of the Ladies Sodality. She was a former communicant of St. James Parish in Salem. Her family was her greatest joy and she will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

She was the beloved wife of 55 years of the late Clarence E. Chaklos who died 11 days before her. She was the daughter of the late Stanislaw and Apolonia (Hardel) Pazyra and is survived by her five children, Jerry Chaklos and his wife, Beth, of Salem, Kevn Chaklos and his wife, Linda, of Malden, Sharon Arrigo and her husband, Rick, of Epping, NH, Mark Chaklos of Salem and Brian Chaklos and his wife, Andrea, of Lynn; five grandchildren, Sabrina and Rebecca Chaklos, Elyse and Courtney Arrigo and Scott Starrak-Chaklos; two sisters, Irene Cyr of Lynn and Helen Vecciarello of Revere; her beloved cousin, Glads Nieptepski as well as many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Francis, Joseph and Jane Pazyra and Angela Ford.

Funeral arrangements were by the Solimine, Landergan and Richardson Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Those who prefer may make donations to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingtham, MA 01701. Guest book at

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