Obituaries 05-19-2010

Stephen ‘Shalom’ Karp PhD

Stanford Research Institute retiree

Stephen “Shalom” Karp PhD of Adventura, Florida, died on May 6 after a long illness. He was 70 years old.

He grew up in Chelsea, graduated from Tufts University and was in the US Navy where he served under Admiral Rickover. He then earned his Doctorate at Northwestern University while working at Bell Labs. He resided for many years in Palo Alto, CA, where he was employed by and retired from Stanford Research Institute. An accomplished artist, musician and inventor, he is survived by his sister Cheryl (Kenneth) and brother Alan (Laurel) and nieces and nephews. Services were private.


Richard Bruno

Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea

Richard P. Bruno of Revere, formerly of Chelsea and Orient Heights, East Boston, died on May 13.

A US Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he was the cherished son of the late Pasquale and Libera (Picinisco) Bruno; loving brother of Antonetta Famolare and her husband, Philip, of Peabody, Rose Mozzetta of Revere and Christine Sale and her husband, Manuel, of Everett and the late Anne DeMatteo and the fond uncle of nine nieces and nephews and 11 grand nieces and grand nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in the VA National Cemetery in Bourne. For guest book,


Helen Jakusiak

Chelsea resident

Helen F. (Zajac) Jakuskiak, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died peacefully on May 18 at the Don Orione Nursing Home in East Boston, her residence for supportive care during the last three years. She was 99 years old.

Devoted to her family, friends and community for almost a century, during her working years, she did clerical work for Raffe & Swanson.

She was the devoted wife of the late Alexander A.; beloved mother of Marceline "Marcia" Aloi and her husband, Frederick, of Newbury, Bernadette Hockney and her late husband, George. of Stratham, NH and the late Marianne Jakusiak; dear sister of John Zajac of Chelsea and the late Alfonse Zajac; loving sister-in-law of Helena H. Jakusiak of Chelsea; cherished grandmother of Brian Hockney and his wife, Jill, Gary Hockney, Jeffrey Aloi and his wife, Debora, and Victoria Curran and her husband, Patrick; great grandmother of Teresa Rose Aloi, Alannah and Martin Curran and Allie and Emily Hockney.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Friday, May 21 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass celebrated in St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut Street, Chelsea at 11 o’clock. Services will conclude with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit


Natalie Prendergast

East Boston resident

Natalie B. (Baker) Prendergast of East Boston, formerly of Quincy, died recently.

She was the wife of the late George; sister of Walter and Robert Baker; cherished friend of Michael and Helen Gaeta and family of East Boston.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, (Orient Heights), East Boston.


Robert Angelo Sr.

Florida resident

Robert M. Angelo Sr. of Orlando, FL died on May 14. He was 86 years old.

Born on July 15, 1923 in Chelsea, he is survived by his daughter, Michele (Steve) of Reading; his sons Mark (Lisa) and Robert, Jr. (Theresa), both of Orlando; his brother, Ronald (Barbara) of Cape Cod and his grandchildren, Briana and Mark, Jr.

Funeral arrangements were by the Carey Hand Colonial Funeral Home, Orlando. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.


Lucy Hoaglund

Chelsea resident

Lucy E. (Vitale) Hoagland of Chelsea died at home early on May 15. She was 73 years old.

Born in East Boston, she was raised and educated in Chelsea.

The devoted mother of Cheryl Miller of Weare, New Hampshire, Richard Hoaglund of Sandown, New Hampshire and the late Edna Hoaglund, she was the beloved sister of John Zimini of Dracut, Marie Doucette of Chelsea, Joanne Pooler of North Reading and the late Edward Vitale; cherished grandmother of Charity Hughes of Connecticut, Ryan Reardon of Florida, Caitlin Moody of North Carolina, Darcelle Hoaglund of Arkansas, Jesse Hoaglund of Arizona, Andreya Hoaglund and the late Brianna Hoaglund.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Service on Friday, May 21 in the Woodlawn Cemetery Chapel, 302 Elm Street, Everett at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with burial at Glenwood Cemetery, Everett. To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit


Ruth Rogers

Chelsea resident

Ruth E. (Thomas) Rogers, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett on May 15 shortly after arriving in the emergency room. She was 65 years old.

The devoted wife of Charles G. Rogers, she was the beloved mother of Eldora Kitchen of New Hampshire and Lois Rogers of Everett; loving sister of Alice, Evelyn and Thomas. She is also lovingly survived by 10 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit


Dennis Ohlinger

Carpenter, pipefitter and painter

Dennis E. Ohlinger, a resident of the Quigley Memorial Hospital Soldier’s Home, Chelsea, formerly of New York, died on May 14. He was 63 years old.

A US Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, he was born in the Bronx, NY. He attended school in New York, graduated from High School in 1964 and worked as a self employed carpenter, pipe fitter and painter as well as for other contractors.

The former husband of Debra Pena, he was the father of Jon Ohlinger of New Jersey, Michael Ohlinger, Danielle Bateman, Shannon Stroud and Stacey Dingler, all of Florida; brother of the late Janet Ohlinger. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at a later date at the Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg, Florida. For those who wish, donations in his memory may be made to the Recreation Fund c/o: Chelsea Soldier’s Home 91 Crest Ave. Chelsea, MA 02150.


John Wallace

Chelsea resident

John F. (Jack) Wallace of Chelsea, formerly of South Boston, died on May 5.

He was the loving husband of Joanne Tropea of Chelsea; beloved son of the late John and Lee Evans; dear brother of Michael Wallace of Springfield, James Evans of Rhode Island, Joseph Evans of South Boston, Dorothy Evans of Colorado, Mary Ann Axenroph of Weston and the late Elizabeth McCoy.

A Memorial Service was held in The O’Brien Funeral Home, South Boston.


Irene Fiore

Past President PAV Ladies Auxiliary

Irene E. (Sosnowski) Fiore of Chelsea died on May 12 at the Lighthouse Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Revere surrounded by her loving family. She was in her 84th year.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the beloved daughter of the late Francis and Mary (Czuban) Sosnowski.  She attended St. Stanislaus Parochial School and graduated from Chelsea High School.  She married Albert Fiore and together they raised their two daughters and one son in Chelsea.

A lifelong Chelsea resident, for the past few weeks she was at the Lighthouse for convalescent and rehab care when her health took a sudden and rapid decline. 

Her life was devoted to family and home. She was a longtime member and past President of the P.A.V. Post 13 Chelsea Ladies Auxiliary and the St. Stanislaus Choir. She sang solo for many weddings, funerals and civic events and will be always remembered for her beautiful voice, singing traditional Polish hymns and folk songs, her humor and good company.

The wife of the late Albert Fiore, she was the devoted mother of JoAnn Fabrizio of Chelsea, Francis Fiore and his wife, Norma, of Warwick RI , Mary Ann Fiore and Paul Murphy of Everett; cherished “Babci” of Anthony Fabrizio, Lauren and Tracy Fiore, Melvin Fiore and his wife, Stephanie and the adored Big “Babci” of Kaylee Fiore. She was the dear sister of the late Emily Konieczka, Leo Sosnowski, Walter Sosnowski and John Sosnowski.

Funeral arrangements were by the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.  Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St Stanislaus Church. For online guestbook please visit


Diane Amaral

Of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston

Diane G. (Malerba) Amaral of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston, died on May 12.

She was the beloved mother of David, Everett, Anthony and Joseph Amaral; sister of Georgette Farren and the late Angela Langis and Anthony Malerba; daughter of the late Arline (Anzalone) and Anthony Malerba; step-daughter of Lois (Pagliarulo) Malerba. She is also survived by five grandchildren. The companion of Peter Zirpolo, she was the former wife of David Amaral and is also survived by several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston.


Harold Zaks

US Postal Service retiree

Harold Zaks of Malden, formerly of Chelsea, died on May 13. He was 88 years old.

A retired US Postal Worker, he was a World War II veteran who served with the 150th Engineers in France.

He was the son of the late Louis and Polly Zaks and the beloved husband of 57 years to Marian (Stern) Zaks (they will now be able to hold hands for all eternity.) The devoted and loving father to his late children, Lois Zaks and Paul Zaks, he was the dear brother to his sister Ruth Green and the late Barnett Zaks, Simon Zaks and Frances Kurtzer. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Paulette Beardsall, Ann Brown, Paula DiMino, Steven Zaks, Gary Green, Richard Green, Scott Kurtzer, Laura MacLeod, Nancy Merrier and many loving grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Goldman Funeral Chapel, Malden. Burial was in Sharon. Memorial week was private. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Temple Tifereth Israel, 539 Salem St. Malden or Hallmark Health Hospice 178 Savin St. Malden. A very special thanks to all the staff at Lawrence Memorial Hospital for their kindness and caring in his behalf. For online condolences go to


Sandra Mazza

Registered Nurse

Sandra M. (Hart) Mazza died at her home in Tewksbury on May 12. She was 61 years old.

She born in Medford on January 9, 1949 to William L. and Marion (Adams) Hart and raised in Charlestown and Somerville and was a former Chelsea resident. She was a graduate of St. Joseph’s High School in Somerville, Class of 1966. She has been a resident of Tewksbury for the past 20 years.

For over 30 years, she worked as a Registered Nurse at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett. She enjoyed many friendships and activities as a member of the Massachusetts Nurses Association.

She is survived by her husband, Salvatore J. Mazza of Tewksbury; by her children, Victoria Mazza and her partner, Laurie Taraskiewicz, of Chelsea and John B. Mazza and his wife, Michelle, of Revere; her grandchildren, Kylie, Cameron and Corrine; her great grandchildren, Caleb and Alexia; her mother, Marion (Adams) Hart of Charlestown; and by her siblings, William Hart and his wife, Joanne, of Windham, NH, Ronnie Kierstead of Florida and Carol Harrington and her husband, Henry, of Westminster. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. She was the daughter of the late William L. Hart and sister in law of the late George Kierstead.

Funeral arrangements were by the Breslin Funeral Home, Malden. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to VNA Hospice Care, 100 Sylvan Rd., G-500, Woburn, MA 01801.

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