Obituaries 09-16-2010

Mary Benvenuto

Chelsea resident

Mary V. (Capizzi) Benvenuto of Chelsea died suddenly at home on September 7. She was 78 years old.

She was the daughter of the late Michael and Gina Capizzi, devoted mother of Anne Benvenuto of Chelsea and cherished grandmother of Michael Lynch of Chelsea.

A Funeral Service was conducted at the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home on September 10. Services concluded with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For online guestbook, please visit


Edwin Klein

Chelsea resident

Edwin F. Klein of Chelsea, formerly of Swampscott and Delray Beach, FL. died on September 14. He was 82 years old.

He was the devoted husband for 58 years of Rhoda (Cohen); beloved father of Michael and Wendy Klein, Robert and Sandy Klein and Steven and Debra Klein; adored grandfather of Daniel, Peter, Sophie, Rachel, Adam, Willson and Sydney Klein; dear brother of the late Mae Neckes, Herb Klein, and Mollie Klein.

Services will be held at Chabad of the North Shore, 44 Burrill St., Swampscott, today, Thursday, September 16 at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Sharon. Condolence calls may be made at the home of Steven and Debra Klein thru Friday afternoon. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be donated to Leonard Florence Center c/o Chelsea Jewish Foundation, 17 Lafayette Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150. For online condolences, visit: Goldman Funeral Chapel – Malden


Ramon Caraballo

Former Prison Guard

Ramon Caraballo, a former prison guard in Puerto Rico, passed away Sunday evening, September 12 at the Peabody Glen Heath Care Center, where he had been receiving supportive care for the past several weeks. He was 85 years old..

Born in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, he was the son of Juan and Maria (Rodriquez) Caraballo. He resided in Ponce, Puerto Rico before settling in Chelsea nearly 30 years ago. While living in Puerto Rico, he worked as a Juvenille Prison Guard in Ponce.

He was the former husband of Alfonsina Caraballo; devoted fater of William Caraballo and his wife, Teresita, of Chelsea, Hiram Caraballo of Pennsylvania, Blanca Caraballo of Braintree, Adrian Caraballo and his wife, Blanca, of Boston, Maria Ivette Caraballo of Lynn and the late Maribel Caraballo; dear brother of Juan Caraballo, Monserrata Caraballo of Boston, Maria Virgen Caraballo and Mario Caraballo, both of Puerto Rico. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

His Funeral Service was conducted at the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 15th. Services concluded with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

For online guestbook, please visit  Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.

Charles Christopher

Of Saugus, formerly of Chelsea

Charles Christopher of Saugus, formerly of Chelsea and Revere, passed away suddenly at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett on Monday. September 13. He was 90 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea,  he was the son of the late John and Amelia (Ardolinno) Christoforo. He attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School Class of 1938 in 1941 he enlisted in the US Army and was discharged after six years of honorable service.

He married Anna M. Piccitto and together they raised their three sons in Chelsea. A longtime Chelsea resident, he settled in Revere in 1978 and six years ago he and his wife took residence with their son, Richard, in Saugus.

Mr. Christopher worked as a special courier for Town and Country Jewelry and retired in 1985.  He was a member of the DAV Chapter 115 in Saugus.

He was the husband of his beloved late wife Anna M. (Piccitto) Christopher who died in 2005; the devoted father of Charles T. Christopher of Pennsylvania, Richard Christopher and his wife, Lena, of Saugus and Leonard Christopher of Methuen; cherished grandfather of Nicole and Gary Barlett of Martha’s Vineyard, Danielle and David Sheehan, Renee Christopher all of Saugus, Adam Christopher of Chelsea, Jason, Gary and Nicholas Christopher, all of Methuen; adored great-grandfather of Alexandra and Richard Barlett; loving brother of Albert Christoforo of Chelsea, John Christoforo of Everett, the late Blanche Puleo Alessandrina Pignato, Mary Tassinari, Americo, James and Pat Christoforo, and dear brother in law of Sal Amato of Everett.

Funeral Services will be conducted from the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday Sep. 18, at 11 a.m. Burial will be private.  Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.  visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral Home fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. For online questbook, please visit Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial/Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Homes.


Philip Joyce

GE retiree

Philip P. Joyce of Chelsea died on September 12. He was 81 years old.

A retired sheet metal craftsman for General Electric – Lynn Riverworks Plant, he was a US Army veteran of the Korean War and a former member of the St. Anthony’s Fraternal Franciscan Order.

He was the former husband of Betty Joyce-Benn of Ipswich and Lynne M. Biziewski of Nahant; beloved father of Monica Joyce of Ipswich, Brendan Joyce, Terrance Joyce, Maureen McKenna, all of New Mexico, Carrie Joyce of Somerville, John Joyce of Nahant, Philip Joyce of Watertown and Noelle Joyce of Connecticut; dear brother of Francis Joyce of Brookline, Alice Weidner of Chicago and the late John Joyce and Marion Joyce. He is also lovingly survived by eight grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the St. Michael Arch-Angel Chapel at the Soldier’s Home in Chelsea on Friday, September 17 at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. A visiting hour will precede the service from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Cardinal Cushing Pavilion adjacent to the chapel. Burial will be in the Mass. National Cemetery in Bourne. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals in Chelsea.


Jenret Appleberry

Youth Coordinator for ROCA

Jenret H. Appleberry of Chelsea died at home suddenly and unexpectedly on September 6. He was 26 years old.

Born in Boston, he was well known in the Chelsea community as a youth coordinator for ROCA.

The beloved companion for 10 years of Yetzaira Bonilla, he was the beloved father of Kamaury Jenret Appleberry and Aryanna Jade Appleberry; loving son of Patricia Appleberry of Revere and Jenret H. Ford of Boston; dear brother of Katikie Appleberry-Robinson of Revere, Lamar Johnson of Fall River, James Davis of Chelsea and Ciara Appleberry, both of Chelsea, Erica Morrison of Boston, Martavia Richardson of Charlestown and Amare Appleberry of Brockton. He is also lovingly survived by his godmother Earline McNary of Brockton and her children, Laketha, Lataisha, Tyriece, Andrea, Kyron and Daishon.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Committal Services were private. To send a message of condolence to his family, please visit


Ella May King

Retired Medical Secretary, worked at Glendale Curtain Shop

Ella May (Spencer) King of Everett died on September 9. She was 82 years old.

A retired medical secretary for the late Dr. George Richardson, she also worked for the Glendale Curtain Shop in Everett for 15 years and enjoyed knitting, embroidery, and upholstering.

She was the beloved wife of Herbert T. King, the devoted mother of Richard A. King and his wife, Aimee, of Kentucky and Deborah A. Phinney of Maine; mother-in-law of the late Raymond P. Phinney; dear sister of George Spencer and his wife, Rita, of Everett and the late Donald Spencer. She is also lovingly survived by two grandchildren, Derek King and Jennifer King, both of Kentucky.

A Memorial Service will be conducted at the First Congregational Church, 26 County Road, Chelsea on Sunday September 19 at 1 p.m. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals in Chelsea.


Mary Rosoff

Chelsea resident

Mary (Stein) Rosoff, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died on September 10 at the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea. She was 90 years old.

Born in Chelsea, she attended the Chelsea schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. She was a member of the Winthrop Art Association and The True Sisters of The North Shore as well as a volunteer at the Chelsea Memorial Hospital and Woodbridge assisted living. Her hobbies included knitting, crocheting, macramé, cooking and baking.

She was the beloved wife of the Late David Rosoff; devoted mother of Marlene R. Goodman and her husband, Arnold; dear sister of the late Sophie, Henry, Benjamin and Samuel Stein; beloved grandmother of Carrie Cohen and her husband, Jeffrey, Kimberly Cooperstein and her husband Marc; beloved great grandmother of Sarah, Sophie and Benjamin Cohen and David and Ethan Cooperstein.

Funeral arrangements were by the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Burial was in Everett. Donations in her name may be made to the Leonard Florence Center for Living, 165 Captains Row, Chelsea or to The Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home Foundation, 17 Lafayette Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150. The family would like to thank the Staff and the Administration of the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, The Florence Cohen Estates and The Leonard Florence Center for living for the loving care and medical attention she received. For online guestbook and directions visit:


Irene Wright

Registere Nurse

Irene M. (Zubrzynski) Wright of Brockton died peacefully September 9. She was 85 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was a registered nurse and the loving wife for 58 years of the late Dr. Robert F. Wright, Esq. She is survived by her six children Dr. Robert F. Wright, Jr. of Pembroke, Michael J. Wright of Quincy, Dr. Paula S. Wright of Cambridge, Lawrence W. Wright, Peter J. Wright and Mary A. Wright (formerly Guaraldi) all of Brockton. She also leaves seven grandchildren and a great grandson.

Funeral arrangements were by the Conley Funeral Home, Brockton. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. Donations in her name may be made to MSPCA/ANGELL-BOSTON, 350 Huntington Avenue, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. For condolences


G. “Ruth” McCormack

Former Chelsea teacher

G. “Ruth” (Neelon) McCormack of Marlborough, formerly of Lexington, Vero Beach, FL and Chelsea, died peacefully on September 5 at Hearthstone at New Horizons. She was 99 years old.

She was the wife of the late Atty. Paul J. McCormack. She was born in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Frank P. and Margaret E. (Cannon) Neelon, and was a graduate of St. Rose High School in Chelsea and Regis College, Class of 1933. She taught for many years at Shurtleff Junior High School in Chelsea, and was a substitute teacher in Lexington and Bedford. She loved music, walking, and cooking for her family and many friends. Most of all, she loved meeting people. In five minutes, she would learn more about you than the FBI could learn in five hours, and soon afterward you would be exchanging Christmas cards for the next 20 years!

She leaves three daughters, Paula M. Jablon of Stow, Meg Nixon of Bath, Maine and Claire A. Teitleman of Providence, R.I, and a son, Charles N. McCormack. She also leaves eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews .

Private burial was in Westview Cemetery, Lexington. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Regis College or a charity of choice. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Fitzgerald & Collins Funeral Home, Marlborough. All are invited to sign her online guestbook at

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