Obituaries 04-07-2010

Winifred Levko

Chelsea resident

Winifred E. (Bright) Levko passed away unexpectedly on April 1 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett after a sudden illness. She was 83 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Mary (Crowley) Bright. She grew up on Williams Street in Chelsea and attended local schools. She worked briefly before marrying and devoted her life to family and home.

She was the beloved wife of Nickolas Levko who died in 2003; the devoted mother of Patricia Johnson and her husband, John, of Cranston, RI, Barbara Levko of Chelsea, Margaret DiDonato and her husband, Ronald, of Chelsea; dear sister of Paul A. Bright of Revere and sister in law of John Levko of Chelsea. She was the sister of 11 late brothers and sisters; cherished grandmother of John Johnson and his wife, Alison, of Connecticut, Nickole Sciortino and her husband, Gino, of Virginia, Karen Johnson of Rhode Island, Emily Johnson of New Jersey and Amanda DiDonato and her husband, Robert, of Chelsea; adored great-grandmother of J.J. Johnson of Connecticut; beloved aunt of Barbara Belanger of Hanover and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Rose Church on Tuesday. Services concluded with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home. For online guestbook, please visit


Leo Bouchard

Retired Educator and Gemologist

Leo S. Bouchard of Chelsea died on March 21. He was 97 years old.

He was a 1932 graduate of Madawaska Training, Ft. Kent, Me, Notre Dame University, So. Bend, IN 1935, University of Maine Orono and Presque Isle 1936, Ottawa University, Ottawa, Canada 1939 to 1940, GIA, G.G. 1952, AGS, C.G. 1959, Principal Jr. High School 1931 to 1940, Heywood and Wakefield 1942 to1943, Portland County, Portland, ME 1943 to1944. He was a salesperson at Shreve, Crump & Low Co. Boston from 1956 to 1969, Assistant Manager with Bigelow Kennard Co. Boston rom 1969 to 1971 and worked in the diamond department as an appraiser and sales associate with A. Stowell & Co., from 1972 to 1975. He retired in 1975 as a Gemologist.

Mr. Bouchard served in the U.S. Navy Air Force from 1944 to 1947 and as an Air Force operation supervisor and C.I.C. from 1947 to 1955.

During his life, he worked on Pros-Cons-Romance and Mysticisms of Precious Jewelry. His hobbies included composing and writing popular songs, watching TV programs on science and education and new developments in the gem stone industry.

Born in Frenchville, Maine on March 2, 1913, he was the cherished son of the late Catherine (Martin) and George Bouchard; loving brother of Martha Rooney of Chippewa Falls, WI, Geraldine Brewer of Presque Isle, ME, and the late Gerard, Romeo, Rev. Joseph Bouchard, Conrad, Faith, Priscilla and Sr. Theresa Bouchard. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was a friend and companion of 35 years to Allan Urena and family of Boston.

A religious service was held at St. Michael of Archangel Chapel, Chelsea Soldiers Home. Burial will take place in May at the Upper Frenchville Cemetery, Frenchville, Maine where his ashes will be laid to rest beside his mother, father and other departed relatives. Funeral arrangements were by the Dello Russo Family Funeral Homes of Medford.


Joanne Winnerman

Of California, formerly of Revere

Joanne (Ausiello) Winnerman passed away after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer on March 31 at the Parkview Hospice House in San Diego, California. She was 76 years old.

Born in Winthrop on March 9, 1934, she was the beloved daughter of the late John and Florence (Gegan) Ausiello.  She grew up on Shirley Avenue in Revere and attended local schools. 

She was first married to Alfred Signore and had four children. She worked outside of her home and raised her three sons and one daughter while residing in Malden and Revere.  She later married Arnold “Beebe” Winnerman, had her fifth child, and settled for a time in Burlington.  She and her husband later retired to Deltona, FL.

She has been a resident of El Cajon, CA for the past 13 years and enjoyed her life as being “Nana” to all her grandchildren.

She was the beloved wife of the late Arnold “Beebe” Winnerman, who died in 1993; the devoted mother of Richard “Ricky” Signore and his wife, Diane, Randall “Randy” Signore and his wife, Rose, all of El Cajon, CA., Alfred “Rusty” Signore and his wife, Angela, of Manhattan, KS, Todd Winnerman and his wife, Nely, of Temple, TX and her daughter, the late Renee Signore, who died in 1976.  She is survived by her sister, Dolores Renz of Revere, 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  She was the sister of the late Jack and Frank Ausiello.

Visiting hours will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Thursday (this evening) from 6 to 8 p.m.  Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.  Graveside Services will be held at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park 185 Lake St., Peabody MA on Friday April 9 at 10 a.m. The Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network online at http://www.pancan.orgor by calling 877-272-6226. For online guestbook, please visit


Robert Kinckle Sr.

Worked for Payne Elevator and Polaroid Corp.

Robert F. Kincle Sr., a Chelsea resident since 1994, passed away unexpectedly Friday evening, April 2 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital shortly after admission to the emergency room.

A US Air Force veteran, he was employed by Payne Elevator in Cambridge for over 20 years. He then went to work for Polaroid in Waltham, staying with the company as a maintenance mechanic for 20 years retiring in 1986. For more than 36 years, he volunteered with the Medford Auxiliary Fire Department, retiring with the rank of Captain.

He was the devoted husband of the late Rosemary A. (Murray); beloved father of Robert F. Kinckle, Jr. and his wife, Darlene, of Tewksbury, Rosemary E. McGahey of Chelsea, Barbara Nassab and her husband, Peter, of Houston, TX and the late Richard P. Kinckle. He is also lovingly survived by many brothers and sisters throughout the country. He was the cherished grandfather of eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by The Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. Expressions of sympathy in his name may be made to the Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114. To send a message of condolence to his family, please visit


Roy Lettieri

Retired Newspaper Compositor, decorated veteran

Roy R. Lettieri of Chelsea died on April 1. He was 90 years old.

A decorated US Army World War II combat veteran (European Theatre), he was the retired manager of the Boston Typographical Union (Local 13). He worked as compositor at various Boston newspapers including the Boston Globe and was a former player, manager and officer of Boston Typo Baseball organization.

He was the devoted husband for 66 years of the late Genevieve H. (Sokolowski) Lettieri; loving father of Richard J. and his partner, Jennifer L. Pierce, of Swampscott, Roy A. of San Francisco, CA and the late Ronald J.; cherished grandfather of two and is also survived by his sister Lucy M. Ryan of East Boston and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by The Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Expressions of sympathy in his name may be made to the Ronald Lettieri Scholarship, c/o Mt. Ida College, 777 Dedham St., Newton, MA 02459 or by calling 617-928-4630. For condolences visit


Hiram Ortiz

Chelsea resident

Hiram Ortiz of Chelsea died on March 31.

He was the beloved son of Margarita (Alicea) and the late Jose Ortiz of Chelsea; cherished brother of Belen Alicea, Isabel Ortiz, Carmen Ortiz, Jose Ortiz Jr, Betty Ortiz and Hector Ortiz; treasured nephew of Laura Alicea and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by The Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. Burial will be held at a later date.


Diane Bryson

Nurse’s Aide

Diane B. (Iwanicki) Bryson, a long time resident of Chelsea, died on March 31 at the Massachusetts General Hospital after a short illness. She was 55 years old.

Born in Everett, she worked as a nurses aide in the healthcare field during her working career.

The devoted wife of Dennis Bryson, she was the beloved mother of Diana, Sandra and Meghan Bryson, all of Chelsea; loving sister of Deborah Henry of Revere and Irene Lapiana of Everett; cherished grandmother of Amanda, James and Mercedez. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Committal services were private. To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit


William Reilly

Decorated US Marine Corps Veteran

William F. Reilly of Melrose died on March 30. He was 64 years old.

A US Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War, he was a recipient of the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He was raised in Revere, graduated from Revere High School and Bentley College in Waltham

He was the loving husband of the late Denise B. (Lynch) Reilly; brother of Robert J. Reilly Jr. of Chelsea; brother-in-law of Maureen Gross of Swampscott, Clare Lynch of Melrose and Regina Bixby and her husband, Bob, of Melrose; uncle of Stephen Gross, Jessica, Matthew and Ryan Bixby.

Funeral arrangements were by the Gately Funeral Home, Melrose. Burial was in Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose. Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Breast Cancer Fund, P.O. 650309, Dallas, TX 75265. For obituary or to sign his guest book, please visit

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