Obituaries 10-06-2010

Edward Nelson Jr.

Of New Hampshire, formerly of Chelsea

Edward C. Nelson Jr. of Wolfboro, NH, formerly of Chelsea and Revere, died on October 1 at home with his family by his side. He was 84 years old.

Born in Chelsea on October 6, 1925, the son of Edward C. Sr. and Theresa (Healy) Nelson, he grew up in Chelsea and lived most of his life in Revere before moving to Wolfboro three years ago after summering there for more than 50 years.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle who served his country in the US Navy and worked for the Whitmor Company as a foreman, retiring after 50 years. An avid Boston sports fan, he loved fishing on Lake Wentworth and enjoying cookouts and celebrations on his family beach.

He was the father of the late Buddy Nelson and brother in law of the late Alta Nelson. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Kathryn (Barry) Nelson of Wolfboro, his son Jimma Nelson of Revere, daughter, Kathy Nelson Salt and her husband, Pat, of Colorado Springs, CO, his brother Roy Nelson of Topsfield, sister Mary McFayden and her husband, Edward, of Lynnfield. He is also survived by his daughter in law Janice Nelson of Revere, his nephews, John Nelson and his wife, Emily, and Sandy McFayden and his wife, Bozina, and his nieces, Mariellen (McFayden) Mulligan, Janet (McFayden) Ruggerio and her husband, Louis Ruggerio. He was the proud grandfather of Jeff Nelson, Jamie Nelson and his wife, Lauren, Jennifer Ivester and her husband, Jake, Jonathan Nelson, Brent Salt, Ryan Salt and the great grandfather of Alana Nelson, Brady Nelson and Dylan Ivester.

A Celebration of his Life will be held at the Wolfboro Inn, 90 North Main St., Wolfboro, NH from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 16. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, NH-VY Affiliate, 2 Wall St. #104, Manchester, NH 03101. The Baker-Gagne Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Wolfeboro is handling arrangements. To sign his online guest book, go to:


Eleanor ‘Ellie’ Fleming

Boston Hotel hostess, worked at Bradlee’s

Eleanor R. “Ellie” (Aucella) Fleming of Chelsea, formerly of Revere, Peabody and Lynn, died after a long illness on October 1. She was 96 years old.

She was a retired clerk at Bradlee’s of Chelsea and a former hostess for Boston’s Hotel Somerset and Hotel Kenmore.

She was the wife of the late William J. Fleming; cherished sister of Yolanda F. “Lundy” Quagenti of Chelsea, Anthony E. Aucella, Jr. of Phoenix, AZ, Rosemarie A. Crivello and her husband, Joseph, of Baltimore, MD, formerly of Revere, and the late John, Matthew and Harold Aucella, Jean Gangi and Agnes Bousquet; devoted Godmother of Dolores Russell and her husband, Robert, of Milford, MA and is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.


Roseanne Saetti

Revere resident

Roseanne Saetti of Revere died on September 24.

She was the beloved daughter of the late John and Helen Bozzi; dear sister of the late Millie and Ralph Ciambrelli; loving aunt of Lori Devlin and her husband, John, of Winthrop, Ellen Ferrari and her husband, Len, of Saugus, Kerri Ciambrelli of Revere and Ron Bautista; great aunt of John Devlin Jr.and Nicholas Ferrari.

Arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home. Donations in her memory can be made to MSPCA 350 S. Huntington Ave. Boston, MA 02130 or Arthritis Research Foundation 200 Ocean gate Suite 830, Long beach CA 90802. For guestbook visit


Mary Bird

Worked at Transitron in Melrose

Mary (Iandosca) Bird, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died at home on September 30 after a brief illness.

Born in Boston, she was a graduate of Chelsea High School class of 1946. She worked for many years as an assembler at Transitron in Melrose.

She was the devoted wife of the late Richard P. Bird, Sr.; beloved mother of Richard P. Bird, Jr. and his wife, Jacqueline, of Auburn, Kathleen Chevalier and her husband, Rick, of Londonderry, NH and Joanne Bosco and her husband, Jim, of Revere; dear sister of Susan Sardella of Wakefield, Angelina Moschella of Peabody, Antoinette Moschella of Reading, Massimo Iandosca of Londonderry, NH, Carmella Oliver of Virginia and the late Anthony Iandosca; cherished grandmother of Alexa, Seth, Zachary, Joshua, Jesse and Julia. She is also lovingly survived by her great granddaughter, Grace, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Expressions of sympathy in her name may be made to Partners Hospice, 281 Winter Street, Suite 200, Waltham, MA 02451. To send a message of condolence to Mary’s family, please visit


Ruth Prenney

Former Chelsea City Hall Secretary

Ruth  E. (Dunn) Prenney  of North Reading, formerly of Saugus and Chelsea, died October 2 at Wingate at Reading after a long illness. She was 80 years old.

The wife of the late Lewis B. Prenney, Jr., she was born in Boston on February 3, 1930, the daughter of the late Walter and Ruth (Nolan) Dunn.  She was a graduate of St. Rose High School in Chelsea and worked as a secretary for many years at  Baby Butler, Inc. in Boston,  Brentan & Hart, Inc. in Cambridge and the Chelsea City Hall.  She has been a resident of North Reading for 17 years and a member of St. Theresa’s Church in North Reading and St. Maria Goretti Church in Lynnfield. She was a talented artist and a crafts person, a member of the Reading Art Association and the North Reading Golden Age Club.  A devoted sister, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, she was a good friend to many and they never left her house hungry.

Family members include her loving son,  Brad Prenney and his wife, Mary, of North Reading; her grandchildren, Elizabeth Veno and her husband, Jonathan, of North Reading,  Kathleen Hanley and her husband, Geoffrey, of Beverly and Juliet Prenney of Gloucester; great grandchildren, Jessica Prenney Veno and Anna Hanley.  She was the sister of the late Barbara Jones and Joan Burge

Funeral arrangements were by the Croswell Funeral Home, North Reading. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading.  Memorial donations may be made to:  Mystic Valley Elder Services (GAP Fund), 300 Commercial St., No.19, Malden, MA 02148-7312.


Theodora Sweeney-Berry

Retired Clinical Dietician

Theodora “Teddy” (Cassani) Sweeney-Berry of Weymouth, formerly of Pembroke, Danvers and Chelsea, died at the South Shore Hospital on October 1. She was 84 years old.

Born, raised and educated in Chelsea, she was a graduate of Chelsea High School and Simmons College. She served as a Clinical Dietician and Nutrition Instructor at Lynn, Beverly, Hunt and Chelsea Memorial Hospitals, was active in the Simmons College Alumni and enjoyed traveling.

She was the beloved wife of Malcom Berry of Weymouth and the late Thomas Sweeney of Danvers; loving daughter of the late Vincent and Dora (Bonzagni) Cassani; devoted sister of Francis Cassani and his wife, Marie, of Weymouth and sister of the late Vincent and John Cassani; loving aunt of Richard Cassani, Vincent Cassani III, Paul Cassani, Anne Marie Conner, Jane Nelson, and also leaves 12 grand nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the McDonald Funeral Home, E. Weymouth. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Danvers. Donations may be made in her memory to The Weymouth Food Pantry, at P.O. Box 890009, Weymouth, MA 02189 or Immaculate Conception Church, at 720 Broad St., E. Weymouth, MA 02189.

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