Obituaries 05-12-2010

Charles Umanita

Talented Oil Painter

Charles J. Umanita, a talented oil painter, passed away at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, following a brief illness on May 7. He was 84 years old.

A former resident of Chelsea, Malden and Peabody, he had been residing in Potomac, Maryland for the past 16 years. Born in Chelsea, he was the son of the late Anthony and Anna (Minutoli) Umanita. He attended local schools and began to study various art forms in his early 20’s. He majored in Fine Arts at Scott Carbee Art School in Boston as well as Vesper George in Boston.  He studied portrait painting under Waldo Murray and drawing with C. Roy Morse.  He also studied with renowned sculpturist Bashka Paeff, a member of National Academy of Sculpture.

His art work has been featured with the Grand Central Gallery, New York, Framers Choice Gallery, Gaithersburg, MD, Alden Bryan Gallery, Jeffersonville, VT, Todd Gallery, Wellesley, MA, Andover Gallery, Andover, MA and the Linden Gallery in Rowley, MA. His many memberships and affiliations include the Hudson Valley Art Association, New York, in which he was an award recipient, Washington Society Plene Air Painters, Washington DC, Rockport Art Association, Rockport, Ma, Northshore Arts Association, Gloucester, Ma and the Copley Society, Boston, Ma. (read more:

He was the devoted father of Robert Umanita and his wife, Sandi, of Salisbury and Charles Umanita and his wife Lorie of Rowley; dear brother of Angie Umanita of Chelsea, Natalie Umanita of Marblehead, Anthony “Nino” Umanita of Lexington and the late Joe Umanita. He was the cherished grandfather of Robert M., Shannon C., Danielle R. and Claudia M. Umanita. He also leaves behind his longtime companion Merrilee Banic of Maryland.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the North Shore Arts Association, ATTN: Donations, 11 Pirates Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930 or by visiting For online guestbook, please visit Honoring his wishes, his funeral services were strictly private with arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.


Henry Gubski

Member of PAV and St. Stanislaus Holy Name Society

Henry S. Gubski of Chelsea died on May 7 at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital. He was 84 years old.

Born in Boston and growing up in the Mission Hill section of Boston, he was a carpenter by trade. He first worked for Lincoln Labs in Cambridge and later, for 37 years until his retirement in 1981, at Hanscom Air Force Base.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the recipient of the Purple Heart for service connected injuries. An active member of St. Stanislaus Parish, he was an usher for over 25 years, belonged to Holy Name Society and was a member of the PAV Post 13.

The devoted husband for 41 years of the late Josephine E. (Konop), he was the beloved father of Sister Barbara Ann Gubski, Sisters of Notre Dame of Ipswich and Betty Mikolajewski and her husband, Daniel Sr., of Chelsea; cherished grandfather of Kristin Beth Mikolajewski-Breen and her husband, Joseph, of Quincy and Daniel Mikolajewski, Jr. and his wife, Siobhan, of Winthrop.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Expressions of sympathy in his name may be made to the Sisters of Notre Dame, 30 Jeffreys Neck Road, Ipswich, MA 01938 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905. To send a message of condolence to Henry’s family, please visit


Sabino Fabrizio

Retired Mason and Horse Trader

Sabino Fabrizio, retired mason and horse trader, passed away on Tuesday, May 11 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett after battling multiple illnesses. He was 80 years old.

Born and raised in Pratola Serra, Avellino region of Italy, he was the son of the late Nicola and Raffaella (Caporizzo) Fabrizio. From the age of 10, he was apprenticed and trained in the art of horse trading. He would travel throughout the Italian countryside buying and selling horses to local farmers and such. In 1956 he married, and in the early 1960’s he settled with his family in London, England for 10 years before coming to the United States to join his siblings and their families.

Together with his wife and daughter, the family resided in Boston’s North End for nine years before locating to Chelsea for the past 30 years. Mr. Fabrizio worked here as a mason employed by Martignetti Construction and various other contractors. A hardworking man, he remained devoted to his family and dear friends.

He was the beloved husband of 54 years to Giuditta (Sabatino) Fabrizio of Chelsea; devoted father of Raffaella F. DiStefano of Lynnfield; cherished grandfather of Raffaella, Oriana and Gianluca DiStefano, all of Lynnfield; dear brother of Domenico Fabrizio and his wife, Mafalda, of Everett, Antonia Pagliuca and her husband, Giuseppe, of Chelsea, Giuseppe Fabrizio of Chelsea, Gerardo Fabrizio and his wife, Antonietta, of Saugus, Delia Cassano and her husband, Antonio, of Lynnfield and the late Maria Garofalo and Antonio Fabrizio; dear brother in law of Joann Fabrizio of Chelsea, Francesco Garofalo and Rosetta Brusaporco, both of Italy. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday May 14 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church, 38 Oakes St., Everett at 11:30 a.m. Services will conclude with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home on Thursday (today) from 4 to 8 p.m. The Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 or by visiting For online guestbook and directions, please visit


Paul A. Bright Sr.

Retired Revere Firefighter, fought Chelsea fire of 1973

Paul A. Bright of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on May 7 following an illness. He was 81 years old.

As a youth, he attended the Williams School in Chelsea and Chelsea High School, where he was class president for four consecutive years. He also starred on the football and basketball teams, all while working various jobs to help his family. He loved to recount memories of his childhood in Chelsea throughout his life.

After graduation Mr. Bright served in the United States Army, serving as a medic in the Korean War. Following his time of service, he worked in construction and then joined the Revere Fire Department, serving honorably for many years until his retirement in 1992. He was a past vice president of Local 926, the Revere Firefighters Union, and a past officer of the International Association of Firefighters and the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts. Mr. Bright and his late wife were devoted members of the Immaculate Conception Parish and he was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Throughout all his years, Mr. Bright’s greatest joy was time spent with his wife, children and grandchildren. His wife Kay was his best friend and partner in all they did. After her death four years ago, Mr. Bright visited her grave nearly every day of his surviving years. He attended countless Little League games and dance recitals.

He was passionate about his job and his brother firefighters. He loved to tell stories about his service, including many years spent with Engine Company 5 on North Shore Road. Among the numerous fires to which he responded was the famous Chelsea conflagration of 1973.

Mr. Bright was the beloved husband of the late Katherine “Kay” J. (Toomey). He is survived by four children, Kathleen M. Bright Procopio and her husband, David, of Revere; Paul A. Bright Jr. of Chelsea; Revere Fire Department Deputy Chief Christopher P. Bright and his wife Mary Ellen of Wakefield; and Amy Bright Ciccone and her husband, Eric, of Marblehead. Mr. Bright was the grandfather of Carl Aloupis Jr. and his wife Margaret of Shrewsbury; Ashley E. Aloupis of Revere; Amanda, Dayna, Diandra and Danae Bright of Revere; Fallon M. and Aidan R. Bright of Wakefield; and Eric B., Adrienne E. and Annelise C. Ciccone, all of Marblehead. He is also lovingly survived by two great grandchildren, Bridgette and Edward Aloupis; his sister-in-law, Marilyn C. Longden and her husband Raymond of Fairfield, Conn., his brothers-in-law Dennis C. and James R. “Bobby” Toomey of Revere, and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Bright was the last survivor of 12 siblings born and raised in Chelsea. His dear sister, Winnifred E. Levko, died on April 1

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Donations in Mr. Bright’s memory may be made to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston, Massachusetts 02118.


Lillian Forman

Lifelong member of Congregation Tifereth Israel of Everett

Lillian (Kipnes) Forman of Revere, formerly of Everett, died on May 9. She was 87 years old.

She was born in Chelsea and attended the Revere schools, graduating from Revere High School. She was a homemaker and extremely dedicated mother and wife who enjoyed spending her time cooking and sewing and in the company of family and close friends. She was a lifelong member of Congregation Tifereth Israel of Everett.

She was the beloved wife of 65 years of Max Forman, the devoted mother of Michael P. Forman and his wife, Meryl; the dear sister of the late Hannah Rich and Albert Kipnes.

Funeral arrangements were by the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Burial was in Everett. Memorial observance will continue at her late residence today Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Donations in her memory may be made to Congregation Tifereth Israel of Everett, 34 Malden St., Everett, MA 02149. For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website


Pearl Wiseman

Life Member of DAV

Pearl (Levine) Wiseman of Reading, formerly of Chelsea, died on May 8. She was 89 years old.

She was born in Chelsea, attended the Chelsea schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. She lived in Reading since 1951 where she was a homemaker and incredibly dedicated caregiver to her paraplegic husband, Morris. She was also a life member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary in Everett.

The beloved wife of the late Morris Wiseman, she was the dear sister of Aaron Levine and the late Mollie Wyler, Florence Risack, Reba Levine, Leah Black, Samuel Levine and Morris Levine. She was the dear sister-in-law of Frances Hirsh and the late Diane Indorato an a dear friend of Ada, Sidney, Alan, Ralph, and Jason Spiegel as well many other friends. She was the loving aunt of many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and grand nephews.

Graveside services were held at the Farband Cemetery, Danvers, with arrangements by Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Donations in her memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301. For guestbook:


William Valliquette Jr.

Chelsea resident

William F. Valliquette Jr. of Chelsea, formerly of South Boston, died on May 3.

A graduate of Gate of Heaven School, Class of 1955, he was the beloved son of the late William F., Sr. and Mary (Orton) Valliquette; dear brother of Paul R. Valliquette and his wife, Joanne, of Florida; loving uncle of Paul Valliquette of Florida and is also survived by many loving cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by The O’Brien Funeral Home, South Boston. Burial was in Bourne National Cemetery.


Grace Palermo

Of Stoneham, formerly of Chelsea

Grace C. (Barbera) Palermo of Stoneham, formerly of Chelsea, died on May 7. She was 92 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Paul J. Palermo, she was the devoted mother of Joanne Palermo, Connie Rosa and her husband, Edward, and Paul J. Palermo, Jr. and his wife, Phyllis, all of Stoneham; cherished grandmother of Susan Rosa, Michael Rosa, Nicholas Palermo and Kristen Palermo; loving daughter of the late Concetta (Ruggiero) Barbera and Natale Barbera; dear sister of Mary Salvato and the late Joseph Barbera, Vinera Belfiore, Peter Barbera, John Barbera, Frances Parks and Frank Barbera and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Barile Family Funeral Home, Stoneham. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Please honor her with donations to the Dutton Center, 1117 Main St., Wakefield, MA 01880. To send a memorial condolence


Marie Cormier

Worked in former Mayor Keating’s office

Marie A. (Malley) Cormier of Pompano Beach, FL, formerly of Reading and Chelsea, died at home in Pompano Beach on April 29.

A U.S. Navy Veteran, serving as a WAVE in Washington DC during World War II, as a young woman, she worked in Mayor Keatings’ office in Chelsea, and as a telephone operator for New England Telephone in Chelsea and Reading. Later she worked as a School Crossing Guard and Police Matron for the Town of Reading, as a Librarian Assistant at the Austin Preparatory High School in Reading, and most recently as a receptionist at Hair Plus in Reading. She thoroughly enjoyed all of her employments and all the people with whom she was able to interact.

She was the devoted wife to her husband of 61 years, Joseph W. Cormier; loving mother of five children, Robert Cormier and his friend, Deirdre Ahearn, of Reading, Joseph W. Cormier Jr. and his wife, Virginia, of Debary, FL, Michele A. Benson and her late husband, Carl Benson, James W. Cormier and his wife, Lisa, and John P. Cormier, all of Reading; sister of the late James P. Malley and his wife, Josephine, of Lynnfield. She also leaves six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She loved life and her friends and will be missed by many. Private services were held in Florida


Jeanne Suszynska

Worked for Broadway National Bank

Jeanne Suszynska, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died on May 4 at Eastpointe Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center where she had been receiving supportive care since 2006. She was 96 years old.

A longtime employee of the Broadway National Bank, at the time of her retirement, she was clerk in charge of the safe deposit box department.

She was the devoted daughter of the late Victor and Aleksandra (Olchonowska) Suszynski and is lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. To send a message of condolence to Jeanne’s nfamily, please visit


Baby Alexander Cook

Infant Son

Baby Alexander W. Cook died on May 4.

He was the beloved son of Marvin and Christine (Cronin) Cook of Everett and precious grandchild of Flora Cook of Chelsea and Ann and William Harrington of Everett.

Arrangements were completed by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.


Melvin Rosenfeld

Sudbury resident, formerly of Chelsea

Melvin J. Rosenfeld, beloved husband and best friend of Phyllis Rosen Rosenfeld of Sudbury, formerly of Lexington and Chelsea, died peacefully on May 4.

He loved and was loved by his family, Ellyn Gimbel, Jay Rosenfeld and his wife, Lisa, and Sue Laufer and her husband, Marc, and by his adoring grandchildren, Adam and Ari Gimbel, Zachary, Olivia and Emma Rosenfeld and Isabella and Alexandra Laufer. He is also survived by his sisters, Shirley Krasnoff of N. Providence, RI, Geraldine Spivack of Long Island, NY and by his late sister, Beatrice Sanderson.

Burial was at the Beit Olam Cemetery, Wayland. Remembrances in his honor can be made to the Stanley Tippett Home, 920 South St., Needham, MA 02492. Funeral arrangements were by the Levine Chapels, Brookline.

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