Obituaries 04-15-2010

Helen Smith, 87

Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea

Helen J. (Nicewicz) Smith of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on April 7. She was 87 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late John and Antonina (Grodzka) Nicewicz. She attended St. Stanislaus Parochial School in Chelsea. She married in 1945, and raised her family in Chelsea.  An independent women, to support her family she worked outside her home at various area factories as Schraffts Candies, Forbes Litho / Metropolitan Greeting Cards and Polaroid.

A Revere resident since 1960, she was a frequent visitor at the Revere Senior Center.  A self-sufficient person she continued caring for herself her entire life.  She enjoyed music and was a talented musician and, as a young lady, she was the drummer and played together with her brothers in a band led by their father during the 40’s and 50’s.  She also entertained family and friends playing the accordion and during many occasion Helen would spontaneously entertain folks playing a “jaw harp”

She was the wife of the late Charles F. Smith; devoted mother of Charles A. Smith, Carol A. Crosscup and her husband, Dennis, all of Middleton; dear sister of Genevieve Piasecki of Nahant, the late Alexander, Chester, Zigmund, Walter and Stanley Nicewicz; dear friend and neighbor of Francis Leonard; cherished grandmother of Dorene and Julie Smith, Denyse Morrissey and Dennis Crosscup; adored great-grandmother of James Vincent Morrissey, Lucas Matthew Crosscup and the late Matthew John Morrissey.

Funeral arrangements were by the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial will be held in Oakdale Cemetery, Middleton at a later date. For online guestbook and obituary, please visit


Gary Derr

Veteran of Two Wars, retired Boston Globe employee

Gary Derr of Marshfield, formerly of Chelsea, died peacefully on Easter morning, April 4 in the home he built, surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren.

He was born Maxim DerGarabedian on July 1, 1929, in Chelsea, the oldest of three sons of Armenian immigrants Kegham and Ramella DerGarbedian. In 1945, he left Chelsea High School in his junior year to join many classmates to enlist in the US Marine Corps. After World War II ended, he went to work in the distribution department at the Boston Globe, the beginning of a 45-year career. He returned to the service for the Korean War, rising to the rank of Sergeant.

Mr. Derr moved to Marshfield in 1956 building his own home with his wife, Theresa (Gillis) Derr. Their marriage lasted for 60 years. He enjoyed many outdoor activities with his family, including traveling abroad, snowmobiling and photography. To honor his military service, Chelsea awarded him a high school diploma in 2001.

In addition to his wife, he leaves a daughter, Judith Wagaman and her husband, Ronald Wagaman, of Raleigh, N.C.; a son, Gregory Derr and wife, Judith Derr, of Marshfield; two brothers, Massis DerGarabedian of Atlanta and Arsen DerGarabedian of Chelmsford; and four grandchildren. Emily Clarkson of Nantucket, Kevin Clarkson of Burlington Vt., Nicholas A. Derr and Sophia Derr of Marshfield.

The family gathered for graveside services with military honors at the Couch Memorial Cemetery in North Marshfield. Donations in Mr. Derr’s name may be made to Cranberry Hospice, 36 Cordage Park Circle, Plymouth MA 02360-7320.


John Cohane

Retired Somerville Housing Authority Supervisor

John J. Cohane of Medford, formerly of Chelsea, died at the Massachusetts General Hospital after a long illness on April 11. He was 69 years old.

He was a graduate of Cathedral High School in Boston and retired in 1996 as a maintenance supervisor for the Somerville Housing Authority.

He was the beloved husband of Donna J. (Sturdivant) Cohane of Medford; dear father of Kim B. Jackson and her husband, Kevin, of Newburyport, Sean E. Cohane and his wife, Lisa, of Wilmington and Stacey McEachern and her husband, Peter, of Nantucket; son of the late Joseph and Margaret (Kane) Cohane; brother of Dennis Cohane of Revere, Janet Piatek of Saugus an the late Noreen Haggerty. He is also lovingly survived by eight grandchildren.

His Funeral will be held from the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, 389 Washington Avenue, Chelsea, today, Thursday, April 15 at 8 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St. Chelsea at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Entombment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery Versailles Mausoleum, Everett.


Eleanor Rebholz

Retired AT&T Operator

Eleanor B. (Gallagher) Rebholz of Olive Street, Revere, died on April 11. She was 101 years old.

The loving wife of the late Louis H. Rebholz, she was born in Wilmington and raised in Chelsea, the daughter of the late George and Agnes (Skiffington) Gallagher. She was a graduate of St. Rose High School in Chelsea. Mrs. Rebholz worked as an operator for AT&T and has been a resident of Revere for more than 50 years.

Mrs. Rebholz was predeceased by her brothers and sisters, Catherine Doherty, George Gallagher, Edward Gallagher, Lillian Quirk, Martha Burkhardt and Mary Barnett. She is survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Her funeral was held from the Porcella Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to “Spectrum” 600 Cummings Center, Beverly, MA 01915


Barnett ‘Bill’ Ullian

Worked with his father at

Ullian Buick of Chelsea

Barnett “Bill” Ullian of Tamarac, Florida, formerly of Newton, died peacefully after a long illness on April 10, Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day. He was 78 years old.

He was the devoted son of the late Theresa and Maurice Ullian and worked alongside his father at Ullian Buick in Chelsea and later opened a second automobile dealership in Framingham.

He was the loving father of Marjorie Sokoll and her husband, Mark, of Newton, Howard Ullian of Bangkok, and Nancy Salvin and her husband, Ken, of Framingham; cherished grandfather of Talya and David Sokoll, and Jessica, Rebecca and Joey Salvin. He is also survived by his beloved companion of more than 18 years, Geraldine Kram, of Tamarac, Florida. He was the dear brother of Barbara Lazarus (Ullian) formerly of Chestnut Hill and Lake Worth, Florida.

Graveside services were held at Baker Street Cemetery in West Roxbury. Shiva will continue at the home of Marjorie and Mark Sokoll through Sunday evening; daily from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Jewish Healing Connections, 1430 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451. Funeral arrangements were by Brezniak-Rodman 617-969-0800


Edna May McIntyre

Of Winthrop, formerly of Chelsea

Edna May (Chandler) McIntyre, a devoted wife and mother, was called home to glory in her 103rd year on April 11 surrounded by her loving family in her Winthrop home.

Born in Peabody, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Ellen (Thompson) Chandler. She grew up in Winthrop and attended local schools here. She married Nathaniel McIntyre and their union produced three children. She devoted her life to family and home and resided on Addison Street in Chelsea for 62 years, before returning to Winthrop 10 years ago. She remained a loving mother and grandmother for her entire life.

She was the wife of the late Nathaniel who died in 1982, the mother of the late Eleanor who died in 1991 and she was also the sister of four late brothers and one late sister.

To cherish her memory and mourn her passing, she leaves a daughter Marie McIntyre of Winthrop, Nat McIntyre of Revere, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services were held at Anthony Memorial Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 14th. Reverend Calvin T. Brown, a dear family friend, officiated. For online guestbook, please visit Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home.


James Hansbury Sr.

Active in improving the quality of life for Chelsea Youth

James W. Hansbury Sr., a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died at home on April 9 after living with a long and debilitating illness. He was 82 years old. His son, James Jr., his primary caregiver and best friend, was at his side.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was a Little League Manager and was active in improving the quality of life for Chelsea youth. He was a graduate of Chelsea Public Schools and a member of Max’s Delicatessen’s State Championship Basketball team. A community volunteer, he, along with several other dedicated and caring individuals, founded the Chelsea Youth Baseball League.

He was the husband of the late Claire (Angelini) Hansbury; beloved father of James W. “Bill” Hansbury Jr. of Chelsea, Lisa Hansbury of Medford, Michael Hansbury of Georgia, Laurie Toomey and the late Joyce Woodbury; son of the late James H. and Kathleen (Laing) Hansbury; father-in-law of Charles Woodbury of Athol; dear brother of Joan Fitzgerald and her husband, William, of Billerica, Kathleen Monaco of Hingham and the late John Hansbury; brother-in-law of Shirley Hansbury of Chelsea and the late Anthony Monaco. He is also lovingly survived by six grandchildren.

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


Esther Burstein, 87

Retired Bookkeeper for the former Chelsea Memorial Hospital

Esther (Levine) Burstein of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on April 10. She was 87 years old.

Born in Scranton, PA, she spent most of her life in Chelsea and Revere. She was educated in the Chelsea and Revere schools and graduated from Revere High School, Class of 1940. Mrs. Burstein was a retired bookkeeper for the Chelsea Memorial Hospital. Active in her community, she was a member of Pioneer Women, a Chelsea Hebrew School Pianist, a member of the Jack Satter House Tenant’s Association and a den mother for the Cub Scouts.

She was the devoted mother of Paul Burstein and his wife, Dotty, and Nadine Hubbell and her husband, Jim; loving grandmother of Rachel Burstein and her husband, Jeremy Schifeling, and Will Burstein.

Services were held at the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Burial was in Everett. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Jack Satter House Tenant’s Association, 420 Revere Beach Blvd., Revere, MA 02151. For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website:

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