Obituaries 08-25-2010

James Cunningham Jr.

Longtime construction foreman

James C. Cunningham Jr. of Chelsea died on August 20.

He was the son of the late James C. Sr. and Rose Marie (Cullen) Cunningham; father of Clifford James Cunningham and Harold Brown, both of Chelsea; brother of Patricia Cuningham and William Craig French, both of Seabrook, NH and Robert French of Chelsea.

A Memorial Service was held at St. Michael’s Chapel at the Chelsea Soldiers Home. Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home of Chelsea.


Giovannina ‘Jennie’ Abbatangelo

Dedham resident

Giovannina “Jennie” Abbatangelo of Dedham, formerly of Hyde Park, died on August 20.

She was the beloved wife of the late Pasquale Abbatangelo; devoted mother of Joan Cannistraro and her husband, Vincent, of Dedham and the late Frank Abbatangelo and his wife, Janice, of Norwood. She is also survived by six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She was the sister of Lydia Police of Chelsea and the late George, Benjamin and William Ferzoco, Mary Ciavola, Helen Colella, Eva Curran.

Funeral arrangements were by the George F. Doherty & Sons Wilson-Cannon Funeral Home, Dedham. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Hyde Park.


Joan Rizzuti

Of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston

Joan E. (Parziale) Rizzuti of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston, died on August 19.

She was the beloved wife of Joseph P. Ruzzuti with whom she shared 26 years of marriage; loving mother of Suzette Mathews and her husband, David, of Milford and Rochelle Gore and her husband, David, of East Boston; cherished grandmother of David Jr. and Teddy Gore.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. For guest book visit:


Josephine Moschella, 100

Chelsea resident

Josephine (Mirabella) Moschella of Chelsea died on August 19. She was in her 100th year.

The beloved daughter of the late Frank and Theresa Mirabella, she was the loving wife of the late Joseph Moschella; loving mother of Anthony Moschella of Revere, Marie Salvati of Boston, Theresa Moschella of Chelsea, and the late Robert Moschella; loving sister of the late John, Anthony, Mary, Joseph Mirabella and Marguerite Tucker. She is also survived by 10 cherished grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and five great great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.


Anthony Curcio

Of Orleans, formerly of Chelsea

Anthony W. Curcio of Orleans, formerly of Chelsea, died August 16. He was 58 years old.

He was the loving son of Mary (Donovan) Curcio of Orleans; beloved brother of Michael Curcio of Orleans, Christopher and his wife, Jennifer Curcio, of Peabody and Marie and her husband, Dennis DeMeo, of Lynn; loving uncle of Michael, Rachel, Maria, Elizabeth, Anthony and the late Michael DeMeo.

Services were private. Memorial donations may be made to VNA Hospice, PO Box 370, Hyannis, MA 02601. Notes of sympathy and comfort may be made to the family at


Bertha Kalfin

Sears retiree, member of many organizations

Bertha (Levovsky) Kalfin of Peabody died at home on August 19. She was 93 years old.

She was born in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Jacob and Minnie (Dorfman) Levovsky. She worked at Sears in Saugus for more than 35 years and was a life member of Hadassah, The Order of Eastern Star and the Women’s Auxiliary of the New England Sinai Hospital. A member of HONS, Daughters of the Nile and the Jewish War Veterans Womens Auxiliary for many years, she was a volunteer and donator to many charitable organizations. She especially enjoyed attending the Roger B. Trask Adult Health Center at the Peabody Torigian Senior Center.

The beloved wife of the late Simon Kalfin, she was the devoted mother of Elaine Kalfin and Gale Kalfin, both of Peabody, and Michael Kalfin and his wife, Carol, of Georgetown; cherished grandmother of Lisa Kalfin, Shahar Shatzberger, Elizabeth and Lauren Kalfin; loving sister of the late Simon and David Levovsky, Louis Lyle, Lena Siegel, and Phyllis Holzberg. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, Salem-Swampscott. Burial was in Maple Hill Cemetery, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in her memory may be donated to the charity of your choice.

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