Obituaries 09-10-2010

Pasquale ‘Nicky’ Navarro, 85

Thomas H. Strahan of Chelsea retiree, freelance photographer

Pasquale “Nicky” Navarro died unexpectedly at his Chelsea home on September 5. He was 85 years old.

Mr. Navarro was born and raised in Fall River, came to Everett as a young boy and moved to Chelsea in 1951 when he married the love of his life, Grace L. (Fulco.) The couple just celebrated their 59th anniversary in August.

Mr. Navarro, who was affectionately known as “Patsy” or “Nicky,” was a wallpaper designer for the former Thomas H. Strahan Co. of Chelsea for more than 27 years. He was also a free lance photographer for Coronet Studios of Chelsea and was still taking pictures for weddings and other functions until he was 81 years old. “Nicky” was an amazingly energetic individual who, until his untimely death, was a volunteer at the Chelsea Citadel of the Salvation Army and at the Food Pantry at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Chelsea.

In addition to his wife, he leaves his sons, Jeffrey P. Navarro and his wife, Lori, of Lynn and David and his wife, Michelle, of Winthrop. He was the cherished grandfather of David, Danielle, Jessica, Eric and Christopher and is also survived by his sister in law, Carmelina Navarro of Everett and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Ernest, Nunzio, Josephine and Michael Navarro and Domenica Pesce.

Family and friends are invited to visit with the family on Friday, September 10, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Funeral Home, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. His Funeral will be conducted in the Funeral Home at 1 p.m. followed by burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Salvation Army Citadel, 258 Chestnut St., Chelsea, MA 02150.


Sylvia Lacen, 42

Worked at MGH

Sylvia Lacen of Chelsea, formerly of Puerto Rico and Honduras, died on September 3 at home after battling cancer for a year. She was 42 years old.

Born in Puerto Rico, she spent most her life in Honduras before coming to Chelsea 10 years ago, Before her illness made it impossible to work, she worked for the Massachusetts General Hospital in the environmental services department.

The beloved mother of Ricardo Villanueva of Chelsea, she was the devoted daughter of Mercedes Pimentel and Juan Lacen; loving sister of Karla Peralta of New York, Claudia Peralta of Honduras, Dario Peralta of New York and Juan Miguel Peralta of Honduras; cherished granddaughter of Juan Miguel Hercules of Honduras.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Knollwood Memorial Park, Canton. To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit


Brenda Antonellis

Chelsea resident

Brenda Antonellis of Chelsea died on August 31.

She was the beloved daughter of Marie (Berrio) Antonellis of Watertown; devoted sister of Dan Antonellis and wife, Lynn, of Plainville and Mike Antonellis and wife, Diana, of Braintree; dear aunt of Emily Ross, Elaine Fletcher and Emmie Moi and great-aunt of three.

Funeral arrangements were by the Andrew J. Magni & Son Funeral Home, Newton. Burial was in Newton Cemetery..


Helen Kessel, 91

Florida resident

Helen Kessel of Delray Beach, FL, formerly of Salem and Chelsea, died on September 5 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. She was 91 years old.

Born in Chelsea on April 16, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Rose (Paul) Ribok and the wife of the late Abraham Kessel. She was raised in Chelsea and graduated from Roxbury Memorial High School and Boston University. She took pride in being a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She also enjoyed being active within her community. She was an auxiliary member of many organizations including, the JRC in Swampscott, Jewish Memorial Hospital in Roxbury as well as the Jewish Recuperative Center in Roslindale. She was a member of Hadassah and Congregation Ahabat Sholom and its Sisterhood.

She was the devoted mother of Joel Kessel and his wife, Sheila, of Charlestown, Herbert Kessel and his wife, Barbara, of Shelburne, VT and Richard Kessel and his wife, Joan, of Marblehead; loving sister of Frances Sitrin of Sunrise, FL and the late Samuel Ribok and the late Mildred Freedman; dear grandmother of Eric Kessel and his wife, Tamara, Greg Kessel and his wife, Katie, Randi Kaplan and her husband, Michael, Adam Rosi-Kessel and wife, Rachele, Jonah, Andrew, Jeffrey and Bradley Kessel; dear great grandmother of Madeline, Scott, Julie, Esther and Havi.

Funeral arrangements were by the Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, Salem. Burial was at Ahabat Sholom Memorial Park in Danvers. The family will receive friends Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jewish Rehabilitation Center of the North Shore, 330 Paradise Rd, Swampscott, MA 01907; Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St, Danvers, MA 01923 or to the American Jewish World Services, 45 West 36th St, 11th floor, New York, NY 10018.


Dorothy ‘Dotty’ Gould

Retired Chelsea School Cafeteria aide

Dorothy J. “Dotty” (Clark) Gould of Berwick, ME, formerly of Chelsea, died on September 5. She was 74 years old.

A retired cafeteria aide for the Chelsea Public school system, she was an avid bingo lover and had a passion for New England sports teams.

The beloved wife for 50 years of William J. Gould Sr. of Maine, she was the devoted mother of Joseph C. of Florida, Donna and her husband, Howie, of Maine, Debbra and her husband, James, of Peabody, William J. Jr., Thomas W. and US Air Force T.-Sgt. Derek G. and his wife Andrea, all of Maine; cherished daughter of the late Charles and Ada (Pye) Clark; dear sister of Eva Nadworny and Louise Cetrulo, both of Peabody, Betty Finnegan of Saugus, Evelyn Bianchi of Florida and the late William Clark. She is also lovingly survived by 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Her Funeral will be held from the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea, today, Thursday, September 9 at 10 a.m. followed by a Holy Eucharist service at St. Luke’s Church, 201 Washington Ave., Chelsea at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends kindly invited to attend. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Assn. MA Affiliate, Inc. 20 Speen St. Framingham, MA 01701.


Vernon Makkers

Revere resident

Vernon M. Makkers of Revere died on August 30.

The husband of F. Virginia "Ginny" (Hopkins) Makkers, he was the father of the late Craig Makkers; brother of Norma Gall of Beverly , Janice Clements and the late George, Joseph and A. Marie Makkers, Edna Alleyne, and Pauline Harewood; stepfather of Doreen Murray and her husband, David, of Chelsea, George of Malden and James of Revere; grandfather of Sharyn, Tina, Chaz, Autumn, Ashley and Preston and great grandfather of Brendan. He also leaves a host of nieces and nephews and other relatives.

His funeral will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. in Zion Baptist Church, 4 Adam St. Extension (corner of Fayette St.) Lynn. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Arrangemens are by the Solimine, Landergan & Richardson Funeral Home, 67 Ocean St. (Rt1A) Lynn. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Building Bridges Thru Music, 25 Exchange St. Lynn, MA 01901 For directions and guest book, visit:


Anthony Faletra

Polaroid retiree, John Hancock consultant

Anthony “Tony” L. Faletra of Peabody died peacefully at home while in the comforting presence of his family. He was 75 years old.

Born in Chelsea, he was the son of the late Alfonso and Antoinette (Marino) Faletra. He lived in Chelsea in his youth where he attended schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. He moved to Everett, attended Wentworth Institute in Boston and has lived in Peabody for the last 42 years.

Mr. Faletra worked as a much-loved manager with Polaroid Corporation at the headquarters office in Cambridge for a satisfying 30 year career. He later was a consultant with John Hancock Company in Boston in the printing department.

He enjoyed a simple life with family and traveled with his wife and family, having been to Italy 11 times, and also to Florida and California. He was a handyman extraordinaire who built many items with his carpentry skills. He volunteered with the National Guard from 1953 to 1963, was a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), the North Reading Gun Club, and enjoyed gardening—especially his newly developed fig tree

He is survived by his wife, Irene “Rene” (Valente) Faletra of Peabody, with whom he recently celebrated his 46th wedding anniversary; a son and daughter-in-law, Christopher A. and Carleen Faletra of Murrieta, CA; a daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Joseph Mogavero of Topsfield; four grandchildren, Mia, Emmi, and Dominic Mogavero of Topsfield and Braydon Faletra of California; two brothers, a twin brother, Joseph “Joe” Faletra of Peabody and Benedict “Buddy” Faletra of Chelsea; a sister, Josephine Sinatra of Everett, and several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and wonderful friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, Peabody. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Please visit for online obit and to sign condolences.


Lillian Pirroni

Retired Bonacarso Construction Co.

Office Manager

Lillian G. (Bonacorso) Pirroni of Winthrop died August 25 at the Prospect House in Revere on her 92nd birthday.

Born in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Anna (Cambria) and Antonio Bonacorso, she lived in East Boston prior to moving to Winthrop 68 years ago. Before her retirement, she was the office manager for Bonacarso Construction Company for many years. 

She was the beloved wife of the late John A. Pirroni, devoted mother of Elizabeth Prendable-Whelan and her husband, David Whelan, of Winthrop, dear sister of Mrs. Ann Roberson of Peabody and the late Josephine Maggio, Sylvia Guenard Costonis, Nancy Lengo, Mary Peluso, Grace Rebsamen, Nunzio Bonacorso, John Bonacorso and Anthony Bonacorso; loving grandmother of Michelle Prendable, Danielle Prendable and Nicole Prendable. 

Funeral arrangements were by the Ernest P. Caggiano & Son Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery.  To sign her online condolences go to


Barbara Perry

Of New Hampshire, formerly of Chelsea

Barbara (McDonald) Perry of New Hampshire, formerly of Chelsea, died on September 2.

She was the devoted mother of Charles R  Perry III and his wife, Nancy, of Chelsea and Michael J Perry and his wife, Barbara, of Pelham, NH; dear sister of the late  Helen Woodlock and Frank McDonald; cherished grandmother of Carolyn, Christopher and his wife, Meaghan, Michele, Jacquelyn and Cameron and adored great grandmother of Charlotte. She is also survived by her many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services in celebration of Mrs. Perry’s life were held in the Chapel of the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston and concluded in the Chapel of Woodlawn Cemetery. For more information or to send the Perry family an online condolence, please visit:


Joseph Sarno

Retired Construction Supervisor

Joseph Sarno died suddenly in his Medford home on September 1. He was 85 years old.

A retired construction supervisor, he was born and raised in Somerville, the son of the late Savino and Antoinette (Solomini) Sarno. He attended Somerville public schools and enlisted in the US Army during World War II. He was awarded two purple hearts and was honorably discharged at the rank of S/Sergeant. He returned to Somerville and married Eva F. (Kallas) and together they resided briefly in Waltham before settling in Medford 37 years ago. He was employed for nearly 30 years by R.A. Buccella & Sons Inc. working as a General Supervisor, he retired in 1987. He enjoyed leisure time golfing and following the NE Patriots.

In 2005, Mr. Sarno was predeceased by his beloved wife of 57 years, Eva F. (Kallas) Sarno. He is lovingly survived by his devoted son, Samuel J. Sarno, of Medford and Sam’s longtime friend, companion and fiancée, Patricia H. Pignato of Malden. He also leaves his beloved friend, Dyan Reeves, of Malden. He was the dear brother of Al Sarno of Billerica, the late Ann Baldi, Louise Buccella, Jeanette, Andrew, Steve and Edward Sarno.

Mr. Sarno’s funeral will be private. Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home, Chelsea. For online guest book, please visit


Michael John DiPasquale


Michael John DiPasquale of 319 Oakwood Estates Drive, Anderson, SC died on September 2 at the AnMed Health Medical Center. He was 60 years old.

Born in East Boston, on May 7, 1950, he was a son of the late John DiPasquale and Phyllis Pagirulo DiPasquale. He served in the US Marine Corps and was a veteran of the Vietnam Era. A printer by trade, he also enjoyed the art of jewelry making, was a horse track enthusiast and an avid golfer. He even enjoyed a good game of Poker. Additionally, he loved being around and helping little children. He will best be remembered for his generous and kind heart. Mr. DiPasquale was a member of Christ Church, EPC.

Survivors include his wife, Anna Drago DiPasquale, of the home; and his sister, Grace Ann DiPasquale, of Anderson, SC.

A Memorial Service with Military Honors was held at Christ Church, EPC, and was conducted by the Reverend Bill Hyer.

It is suggested that memorials be made to the Honduras Ministry of Christ Church EPC, 3120 North Highway 81, Anderson, SC 29621. A message of condolence may be sent by visiting Arrangements were by the McDougald Funeral Home, Anderson, SC.


Dorothy Powers

Of Tewksbury, formerly of Chelsea

Dorothy M. (Spracklin) Powers of Tewksbury, formerly of Chelsea, died on August 31. She was 96 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Earl R., she was the mother of Robert E. Powers and his wife, Anne Girouard, of Nashua, NH and the late Earl R. "Buddy" Powers, Jr.; grandmother of Earl , Joseph, Erik, and Jessica Powers and Heather Hallford; great grandmother of P.J., Richard and Dakota Powers, and Amanda Isaac; sister of Roger P. Spracklin of Revere, Marion J. White of Saugus, Mildred E. Downey of Weymouth and the late Richard, John, Raymond and Benjamin "Norman" Spracklin. She also leaves many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Farmer & Dee Funeral Home, Tewksbury. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society , 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For obituary see


Mary O’Donnell

Of Burlington, formerly of Chelsea

Mary A. (Zuben) O’Donnell, a 10 year resident of Burlington, formerly of Everett and Chelsea, died on September 1. She was 93 years old.

She was the wife of the late John P. O’Donnell, the beloved mother of James F. O’Donnell and his wife, Shirley, of Revere, Elaine Vinci of Halifax, Mary Ellen Carabineris and her husband, James A., of Everett, Patricia Hansford of Chelmsford and John E. O’Donnell of Chelsea; dear sister of Jennie Lukis of Billerica, Nina Trout and her husband, William, of Tennessee and the late Peter Zuben, John Zuben and Anna Puddister; mother-in-law of the late Vincent Vinci; sister-in-law of Helen Wiley and the late Charles Lukis and is also lovingly survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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