Retired Rehabilitation Aide
Alice E. (Williams) O’Brien passed away peacefully in her Malden home surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with overwhelming illness on Sunday June 13. She was 65 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Paul H. Williams and the late Gloria (Molinari) Groom. She attended local schools and in 1968 she married Edward F. O’Brien, and together they shared 23 years before his passing in 1991.
A resident of Malden for the past 38 years, she was devoted to home and family. She also worked as a Rehabilitation Aide at the Annemark Nursing Home in Revere for 10 years, retiring in 1995.
She was the beloved wife of the late Edward F. O’Brien Jr.; devoted mother of Patricia “Patti” O’Brien of Malden and Edward F. O”Brien III and his wife, Deanna, of Needham; cherished grandmother of Edward F. Dore, Jillian Lisa Dore and the late Erin Dore; dear aunt of Paula Gallant of Wilmington, Wally Williams of Revere and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of two late loving brothers Paul B. and David Williams.
Her Funeral will begin at the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, June 18 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 660 Washington Ave., Revere at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. The Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite the funeral home. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For online guestbook and directions, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com.
NE Telephone retiree, known for her hand stitched quilts
Phyllis A. (Cronin) Cooper of Malden died at the Dexter House Nursing Center of Malden on June 8. She was 90 years old.
Born in Chelsea and a graduate of St. Rose High School, she moved to Malden’s Linden section after her marriage to Paul, where their home was always the meeting place for family and friends. She worked for more than 25 years as a telephone operator for New England Telephone and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. She was known for her beautiful hand-stitched quilts.
The devoted wife of the late retired Malden Fire Dept. Captain Paul H. Cooper, Sr., she was the beloved mother of Eileen Collins and her husband, Charles, of Reading, Paul H. Cooper, Jr. and his wife, Maureen, of Malden and Richard J. Cooper and his wife, Alice, of Gloucester; dear sister of Grace Giordano of Chelsea, Mary Panzica of Brighton and the late Margaret Dewsnap, Zita Lyons, William Cronin and Camilla Keohane; cherished grandmother of Kristen DeLuco, Elizabeth, Michael and Kathleen Cooper. She is also lovingly survived by her great grandchildren, Alyssa and Sarah DeLuco as well as many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral from the Smith-Carroll Funeral Home, 721 Salem Street, (Maplewood Square) Malden on Friday, June 18 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church, 770 Salem Street, Malden at 10 o’clock. Visiting hours in the Smith-Carroll Funeral Home will be today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with burial at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, West Peabody. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Diabetes Association, PO Box 31160, Hartford, CT 06150. To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com
Of Lynn, formerly of Chelsea
Rita M. Darcy of Lynn, formerly of Chelsea, died on June 15 at the Peabody Glen Health Care Center after a long illness. She was 67 years old.
Born in Boston, she lived in Lynn for eight years and in Chelsea for 30 years. She attended St. Rose School in Chelsea and St. Kevin’s School in Dorchester. Many years ago, she worked as a floral designer for a local flower shop. Retired as a home maker, she enjoyed Bingo in her leisure time.
She was the daughter of the late Martin P. and Mary A. (Mitchell) Darcy; the beloved sister of Martin P. “Marty” Darcy Jr. of Peabody; dear cousin of Barbara A. Dyer of Salisbury and also leaves numerous other cousins.
Her Funeral will be from the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, 389 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Friday, June 18 at 10 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Rose Church, Broadway, Chelsea at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours will be held prior to the Mass from 9 to 10 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Benedict Cemetery in West Roxbury.
Phyllis (Piccolo) Proia, a longtime resident of Chelsea, died unexpectedly at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on June 10. She was 87 years old.
Born in Boston, she worked as a hairdresser at the Anna T. Kelly Salon on Broadway in Everett for more than 30 years.
She was the devoted wife of the late Albert Proia, Sr.; beloved mother of Paula Ribinson and her husband, Terry and Karen Tyler and her husband, Eugene, all of Chelsea, Albert Proia, Jr. and his wife, Denise, of Maine, Paul Proia and his wife, Carol, of Brockton and Lawrence Proia and his wife, Donna, of Natick; dear sister of the late Santa Piccolo, Mary Piccolo, Frank Piccolo, Anthony Piccolo, Jennie Tyler and Dominic Piccolo. She is also lovingly survived by many grandchildren as well as nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Expressions of sympathy in her name may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701. To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com
Gardener and Bingo enthusiast
Gladys M. (Dyke) Noel of Revere died on June 9. She was 89 years old.
Mrs. Noel enjoyed planting and growing her own flowers and playing bingo during her retirement years.
She was the wife of the late Stanley G. Noel; beloved mother of Linda Paradise and her husband, Joseph, of Revere, William Noel and his wife, Monica, of Saugus; sister of the late William Dyke and is also lovingly survived by one granddaughter, Tracey Mini, of Lynn and her dear friend, Tom Mahan; sister-in-law of “Betty” Elizabeth Dyke of Florida; dear friend of Dolly Hudson of Chelsea. She is also survived by her Rescue Dog “Lady.”
Funeral arrangements were by the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea. Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery in Everett. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1 Bromfield St. 6th Floor Boston, MA 02108.
Vocalist, member of Tifereth Israel and B’nai Israel Sisterhoods
Judith M. Alter of Revere died unexpectedly on June 9. She was 77 years old.
She was born in Winthrop and was a lifelong Revere resident. She was educated in the Revere Schools and was a graduate of Revere High School. A vocalist who preformed in Massachusetts and throughout New England, she was also a member of the American Guild of Variety Artists.
Mrs. Alter was a member of the Sisterhood of Congregation Tifereth Israel of Revere and a member of the Sisterhood of Temple B’nai Brith. She was an employee of the Food and Drug Administration and a retired employee of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. She was a National Honor Society member and actively involved with the Revere High School class reunion committee.
She will be remembered for her warmth, compassion, sense of humor and of course her beautiful smile. She is also admired for her strength and endurance in the upbringing of her three sons on her own. One last thing give Gram a big hug and a kiss for us, we love you.
She was the devoted mother of Keith Sugarman, Robert Alter and his wife, Suzanne, and Judd Alter; the loving daughter of the late David and Frieda Schwartz; the dear sister of Janet Katz and Philip Schwartz and the loving grandmother of Rhiannon Alter.
Funeral arrangements were by Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Burial was in Everett. Memorial donations may be made to Congregation Tifereth Israel, 43 Nahant Ave., Revere, MA 02151.
Owned Zelaya Cleaning Service in Florida
Sandra Zelaya, proprietor of a house keeping service, passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital on June 2. She was 37 years old.
She was the beloved wife of Reynaldo Oseguera of Fort Worth, Florida. Born, raised and educated in Honduras, she was the daughter of Carlos Zelaya and Isabelle (Gomez) Zelaya. She has been residing in Fort Worth, Florida operating Zelaya Cleaning Service until becoming ill several months ago.
A Funeral Service was held at the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home on June 6. She was returned home to Juticalpa, Olancho Honduras for burial in the Municipal Cemetery. For online guestbook, please visit www.AnthonyMemorial.com.
Long time Secretary at Chelsea Soldiers Home
Helen (Theophiles) Triant of Saugus, formerly of Chelsea, Revere and East Boston, died on June 9 at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading in the comforting presence of her family. She was 92 years old.
Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late James and Bessie (Cosmos) Theophiles. She grew up in East Boston, and was a graduate of East Boston High School. She lived in Chelsea for 35 years, also spent much time in Revere and recently moved to Saugus to live with her daughter.
Mrs. Triant always delighted in her role as nurturing homemaker. Intelligent as she was, she passed certifications and trainings easily without college study. She was a Senior Clerk Typist and secretary at the Chelsea Soldiers Home, and used her special gifts for getting things done that it seemed as though she practically managed the volunteers at the hospital. She enjoyed her career there for 20 years, retiring in 1986.
She was a longtime member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of New England in Boston, active in the Hellenic Women’s Benevolent Association. She was a passionate Red Sox fan and enjoyed reading novels among other things. She lived with great joy while hosting a very close family and cooking for everyone.
She was the dear wife of the late Nicholas Triant, loving mother of Penelope and Nicholas Kanellos of Saugus, Ross and Angelike Triant of Everett, Dimitri Triantafillakis and Alexandre Drolet of New Haven, CT, William and Gail Triant of Danvers, and George and Janet Triant of East Boston. She leaves five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and many loving nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Jennie Theophiles, Georgia Hegner, Speros Theophiles, Stella McGrane, and Mary Ackerman.
Funeral arrangements were by the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, Peabody. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to Sawtelle Family Hospice House, 320 Haverhill St., Reading, MA 01867 or Greek Orthodox Cathedral of New England, 162 Goddard Ave, Brookline, MA 02445. Please visit www.ccbfuneral.com for online obit and to sign condolences.
William ‘Buck’ Mugford
Former Chelsea resident
William R. “Buck” Mugford of Elyria and Lorain, Ohio, died on March 23 at Lake Point Health Center in Lorain. He was 68 years old.
He was born in Boston on March 12, 1942 and grew up in Chelsea.
He graduated from Camp Lejeune High School in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina in 1960 while his father was serving with the US Marine Corps. He served in Germany as an M.P. with the US Army from 1966 to 1968 and was employed as a case worker at the Lorain County Department of Human Services. He was a former member of the Elyria United Polish Club and an avid golfer who enjoyed sports and spending time with his friends at the Elyria Bowling Center.
He is survived by a daughter, Danielle (Gory) Akau of Las Vegas, Nevada and granddaughters, Shanti and Triniti Akau; his nephew and caregiver Paul Mugford and his nephews Rod and John Mugford. He was the son of the late Mary Mugford who died in 1997 and John P. Mugford who died in 1997 and brother of John H. Mugford II who died in 2005.
Funeral arrangements were by the Dicken Funeral Home, Elyria, Ohio. Burial was in Resthaven Memory Gardens, Avon with military honors conducted by the Elyria VFW 1079. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Ataxia Foundation, 2600 Fernbrook Lane North, Suite 119, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55447-4752.
Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea
Morris Gilefsky of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, Swampscott and Florida, died on June 8. He was 95 years old.
The beloved husband of the late Minnie (Ross) Gilefsky, he was the devoted father of Ronald Gilefsky and his wife, Barbara, and Sandra Clark; loving grandfather of Scott, Judd, Erica, Michael and Stephen; loving great grandfather of Seth, Isabelle, Mackenzie, Spencer, Logan and Olivia.
Funeral arrangements were by the Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Burial was in Everett. Donations in his memory may be made to the Jack Satter House Tenant’s Association, 420 Revere Beach Blvd., Revere, MA 02151 or to a charity of your choice. For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website www.torffuneralservice.com
Josephine ‘Evelyn’ Briley
Josephine “Evelyn” (Coviello) Briley of Everett died on June 10.
She was the beloved wife of Thomas F.; mother of Thomas F. Jr. of Malden, Marilyn DeSalvo of Everett and the late William John; sister of James Coviello of Chelsea and the late Joseph Coviello, Anthony Coviello, Lena Trunfio, Edith DeSimone and Lillian McGrath. She is also survived by one granddaughter, Natalie J. DeSalvo, and many nieces and nephews.
A private service was held with arrangements by Rocco-Carr-Henderson Funeral Homes 1-877-71-ROCCO www.roccofuneralhomes.com
Of Lowell, formerly of Chelsea
Gloria Reveria of Lowell, formerly of Chelsea and East Boston, died on June 4.
She was the loving mother of Noberto Reveria.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza Funeral Homes. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.