Obituaries 10-27-2010

Dennis ‘Denny’ Bowen

Retired Postal Clerk, salesman for D.J. Mullane

Dennis J. ‘Denny’ Bowen, a retired postal clerk, died suddenly in his Chelsea home early Sunday morning October 24 after a brief illness. He was 88 years old.

Born in Revere, he was the loving son of the late Dennis J. and Nellie (Hurley) Bowen. Raised in Chelsea, he attended local schools and was a graduate of BC High. He then attended Boston College. He enlisted in the US Navy, served during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1945.

He returned to Chelsea, married Lillian M. Wedge and together they raised their family here. He worked for over 50 years as a salesman for DJ Mullane Paper Products and as a Postal Clerk at the South Boston Postal Annex. He retired from both jobs in the early 1990’s.

He was the beloved husband of the late Lillian M. (Wedge) Bowen; devoted father of Dennis J. Bowen Jr. of Chelsea, Kathleen Conlan and her husband, Ronald, of West Haven, CT., Kevin Bowen and his wife, Mary Rogers, of Great Barrington, RI, Ellen Hamilton and her husband, Robert, of Chelsea, Eileen Redington and her husband, Jack, of No. Andover, Barbara Bowen and her companion, Joe Wilton. of Salem NH. and the late Christin Bowen; cherished grandfather of Jessica Bowen, Vanessa Bowen, Kevin Conlan, Matthew Conlan, Dennis J. Bowen III, Olivia Bowen and Julia Bowen; dear brother of Rita DeAmore and her husband, Joseph, of Natick, the late Catherine Cronin, Mary Bowen, William, Thomas J. and Jerome F. “Frankie” Bowen; dear brother in law of Bea Luzzatto. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will begin at the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, October 28 at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway Chelsea at 9 a.m. Services will conclude with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Attn: Sr. Patricia Butler, Holy Union Sisters, 444 Centre St, Milton, MA 02186. For online guestbook and directions, please visit


Donald Holland Sr.

Retired Finish Carpenter

Donald J. Holland Sr., a retired finish carpenter, died on October 26 in his Chelsea home after a heroic battle with overwhelming illness. He was 74 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the son of the late Edward P. Sr. and Ann G. (Carey) Holland. He graduated from St. Rose School and Boston Trade High School. He enlisted in the US Army, served during the Viet-Nam (Era 1) and was honorably discharged at the rank of SP-3. He returned to Chelsea and married Helen M. MacGinnis, together they shared the past 47 years of marriage raising their three children and welcoming four adoring grandchildren. He worked as a finish carpenter and was a member of the Carpenters Union Local 51. He was an active member of the Sagamore Club and the Former St. Andrews BBC in Chelsea.

He was the beloved husband of 47 years of Helen M. (MacGinnis) Holland; devoted father of Donald F. Holland Jr. and his wife, Geri, of Chelsea, Raymond Holland of Wilmington, Tricia Swarms and her husband, Dan, of Somerville; loving and adored “Papa” of Kerri Holland of Port Charlotte FL, Sam, Max and Jake Swarms of Somerville; dear brother of Edward P. Holland Jr. and his wife, Mary, of Lynn, Lois Hutchinson of Chelsea and her late husband, Eben, Robert Holland and his wife, Cheryl, of Norton, Marie Ranciglio and her husband, Tony, of St. Louis MO; brother in law of Marion McDonough of Chelsea and dear friend of Jimmy DiNapoli of Everett. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews

His Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday October 29 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway Chelsea at 11 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. For online guestbook, please visit


Bartholomew G. Lewandowski Jr.

1999 Mass. Fireman of the Year nominee

Bartholomew G. “Bart” Lewandowski Jr., a retired Chelsea firefighter, died suddenly on October 18 at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Healthcare Center after being stricken in his home. He was 53 years old.

Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Bartholomew G. Sr. and Mary E. (Nasuti) Lewandowski. He was raised in Chelsea and was a graduate of St. Stanislaus Parochial School, St. Mary’s High School in Lynn, Bunker Hill Community College and Northeastern University.

He was athletic in football, basketball, baseball and track and earned more than 12 varsity letters in a starting position. He played for the semi-pro Northshore Lynn Packers football team.

He worked for several years at Kayem Foods in Chelsea and was awarded “Employee of the Year” in 1987. He was appointed to the Chelsea Fire Department on October 31, 1988, was Aide to the Deputy Chief of the Department for several years and retired on April 30, 2008. He was awarded a Department Citation for heroic action on duty and nominated for the Massachusetts’ “Fireman of the Year” in 1999.

He also worked part-time as a professional tractor trailer truck driver and assisted in the “Big Dig” project. He was an expert marksman and motorcycle enthusiast and a member of Chelsea Firefighters Local 937.

He was the beloved husband of Vernell Lewandowski of Worcester, loving son of the late Bartholomew G. Sr. and Mary E. (Nasuti) Lewandowski and dear brother of Thomas D. Lewandowski and his wife, Debbie, of Newport Beach, CA.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to a Memorial Gathering at the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, October 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea on Saturday, October 30 at 9 a.m. Services will conclude with Inurnment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. For online guestbook, please visit


William Tripp Sr.

Served with distinction in the KoreanWar

William Tripp Sr. died on October !9 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital after a long illness. He was 80 years old.

Mr. Tripp was a veteran of the Korean War who served with distinction. He is survived by a son, William Tripp, serving in Afghanistan. He also leaves behind two grandchildren, Brian Tripp and Cassandra Burton, who also served in the military and two great grandchildren, Jaden and Carmello.

Services were private. To send a sympathy message to the family visit


Charles Nappi

Past Commodore of Winthrop Yacht Club

Charles S. Nappi, a professional truck driver, died suddenly while en route to the Whidden Memorial Hospital Emergency Room in Everett on October 22. He was 79 years old.

Born in Chelsea, he was raised in East Boston and spent his early days there. He enlisted In the US Navy and served during the Korean Conflict aboard the USS Knapp. He was honorably discharged in 1953 and was a lifelong member of the “Tin Can Sailors” (National Association of Destroyer Veterans). He resided in Danvers for several years before settling in Revere some 30 years ago. He was a member of the Teamsters Local 25 and was employed at Monarch Foods for many years before his retirement. He was a Life member and past Commodore of the Winthrop Yacht Club and he was a member of the Winthrop Elks and American Legion.

He was the beloved husband for the past 14 years to Patricia (Todd) Jeglinski-Nappi and the husband for 33 years of the late Edith (Palumbo) Nappi; devoted father of Wayne Charles Nappi of Stoneham; dear stepfather of Debbie Pilcher and her husband, Robert, of North Reading, Joyce Albanese of Revere, Stephanie McConaghy and her husband, Michael, of Rowley, David Jeglinski and his wife, Cynthia, of Revere, John Jeglinski and his wife, Brenda, of Sudbury; Cherished grandfather of Kimberly Kohm, Marc and Eric Pilcher, Brendan and Christopher McConaghy, Victoria, Cody, Nicholas and Alexandra Jeglinski. Adored great grandfather of Jillian and Lauren Kohm, Eric-Robert, Christopher and Olivia Pilcher; dear brother of Elaine Favello and her husband, David, of Sarasota Fl., Kenneth Nappi and his wife, Martha, of Stoneham; dear uncle of Lara Ryan and her husband, Ben, and Christopher Nappi and his friend, Haliegh.

A Memorial Funeral Service will be conducted from the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Tuesday, November 2 at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Inurnment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. A Memorial Gathering will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home on Monday, November 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.


Edward Casey

Carver resident, formerly of Chelsea

Edward G. Casey of Carver, formerly of Chelsea and Everett, died October 24 at the Golden Living Center in Plymouth. He was 84 years old.

Born August 13, 1926 in Chelsea, the son of the late Peter and Sarah (Barnes) Casey, he attended the Chelsea School System and served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He worked as an Elevator Mechanic for the National Elevator Company for many years, loved salt water fishing and was an avid Red Sox fan.

He was the loving father of Kathy Nadworthy and her husband, Michael, of Revere, and Diane MacPherson and her husband, John, of Manchester NH. He is survived by his brother, Frank Casey, and his wife, Rita, of Waltham, five grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his long time companion Marie C. Benson and her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

A visitation will be held at the Cartmell Funeral Home, 150 Court St. Plymouth on Friday, October 29, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Burial will take place at the MA National Cemetery in Bourne. Donations in his memory may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project,, 7020 AC Skinner PKWY, Jacksonville FL, 32256. For more information and online guestbook, please visit


Elena ‘Helen’ Statuto

American Optical retiree

Elena “Helen” Statuto, a Chelsea native and a long time resident of Revere, died on October 25 in the Osceola Regional Medical Center of Kissimee, Florida following a brief illness. She was 87 years old.

Mrs. Statuto was born, raised and educated in Chelsea. In 1950 she married the late Armenio ‘Mal’ Statuto of Revere and moved to Revere where she and her husband remained until moving to Kissimmee, Florida in 1986. Mr. Statuto died in April of 1998.

Mrs. Statuto retired from the former American Optical Co where she worked as an assembler for many years. For the past 24 years, she has been a devout parishioner of “Holy Redeemer Church” of Kissimee, Florida.

She was the sister of Anthony Minchella and his wife, Marion, of Springfield, MA, Rosemarie Quagliato and her husband, Anthony, of East Longmeadow and the late Michelene Roma, Margaret Rubino and Anna Noto. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. She was also the sister in law of Eda M. Corso of Revere, Mary A. Fulchino of Reading and the late Aurelio and Albert Statuto.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Thursday, October 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Her Funeral will be conducted from the Funeral Home on Friday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church of Revere at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Remembrances may be made to your favorite charity.


David Noel Jr.

Of Billerica, formerly of Chelsea

David B. Noel, Jr. of Billerica, formerly of Chelsea, died on October 22.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the son of the late David and Evelyn (McKenna) Noel. A U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, Mr. Noel worked for many years as a foreman for the Building & Maintenance Division in the Town of Wilmington.

He was the beloved husband of Caroline (Luongo) Noel; loving father of Jimmy Noel of New Hampshire, Spc. John Noel (US Army) of Georgia, Stacie Noel of New Hampshire; brother of Marilyn and the late Jacqueline and George.

A graveside service will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery, 302 Elm St., Everett, today, Thursday, at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to The Kaplan Family Hospice, c/o Hospice of the North Shore. Mail to: Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. For condolences and obit


Ruth Novin

Avid Bridge Player

Ruth (Greenfield) Novin, a long time resident of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on October 24 at the Beth Israel Hospital. She was 79 years old.

Born in Chelsea, she attended the Chelsea schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. She was a longtime employee of the Boston Globe and Boston Herald newspapers and was an avid Bridge player.

She was the devoted mother of Mitchell Novin and Jonathan Novin; the loving daughter of the late Nathan and Esther Greenfield; the dear sister of the late Ronald Greenfield and Fred Greenfield; the loving grandmother of Nick and Alex Novin.

Graveside services were held at the Sudilkov Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home Foundation, 17 Lafayette Avenue, Chelsea, MA 02150. For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website:


Robert Spinale

Of Peabody, formerly of Chelsea

Robert A. Spinale of Peabody, formerly of Chelsea, died on October 23. He was 57 years old.

He was the beloved husband of Michele (Radley) Spinale with whom he just celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary; loving son of Natalino Spinale of Chelsea and the late Mary (LaSala) Spinale; loving father of Jillian Spinale of Peabody and brother of Mark and his wife, Elaine Spinale, and Karen and her husband, John Connelly, all of Acushnet and Marie Spinale of Chelsea. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and a great nephew.

Funeral arrangements were by the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, Peabody. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations can be made in his name to the MGH Yawkey Cancer Center Building C/0 Dr. Saylor, 55 Fruit St., Boston, MA 02114 or the MDSC, P.O. Box 866, Melrose, MA 02176. For on-line obituary, visit


Geraldine Reardon

Swampscott resident

Geraldine V. Reardon of Swampscott, formerly of Lynn, died October 20. She was 66 years old.

A homemaker who lived in Lynn for 30 years before moving to Swampscott five years ago, she was the wife of the late William T. Reardon.

She was born and raised in Lowell, the daughter of the late Lindsay L. and Dora M. (Betts) LaFayette. She is survived by her loved ones, James Reardon of Lynn and her five children, William Reardon, Jr. of Lynn, Sharon Coogan of Danville, NH and her former husband, Thomas, of Amesbury, Kelly Reardon-Wood of Lynn, Kathleen Howland and her husband, Donald, of Hampton Falls, NH and Geraldine Reardon-Mazola of Lynn. She also leaves 14 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and several brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were entrusted to the Goodrich Funeral Home, Lynn, followed by cremation at Harmony Grove, Salem.


Pearl Welsh

Of New Hampshire, formerly of Chelsea

Pearl A. (Camillieri) Welsh of Meredith, NH, formerly of Chelsea, died on October 22.

She was the beloved wife of the late William Francis Welsh, Sr; mother of Patricia A. Melendy of Lynnfield, Frank A. “Skip” Welsh, and the late Airman Second Class William Francis Welsh, Jr. USAF. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services were private with arrangements entrusted to the Magrath Funeral Home.


Lucy Lombardi

Boston Public Library retiree

Lucy G. Lombardi of Danvers, formerly of Revere, Chelsea and East Boston, died unexpectedly on October 19. She was 84 years old,

A member of Revere Senior Citizens, she was a Boston Public Library retiree.

She was the daughter of the late Antonio and Emma (Catullo) Lombardi; beloved sister of Augustus Lombardi of Nahant and the late Anna Macauley, Phyllis R. Cammisa and Vincent Lombardi; cherished aunt of Lucille A. Annis and her husband, George E., of Beverly, Anthony J. Pugliese and his wife, Adele, of Norwood, NY, Frank R. Cammisa and his wife, Elizabeth, of Lynnfield, Anthony Lombardi and his wife, Patricia, of Lexington, Emma Sherwood and her husband, Ralph, of North Reading, Anthony Lombardi and his wife, Patricia, of Washington DC and is also lovingly survived by her grand nieces and grand nephews, Stephanie L. Annis of Beverly, Marc A. Pugliese of Salem, Christine A. Tardiff of Amesbury, Anthony J. Pugliese Jr. of Plymouth, Tanya Frasier and her husband, Mark, of Revere and Frank Cammisa of Lynnfield.

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


Mary Burke Harrison

World Traveler, formerly of Chelsea

Mary Burke Harrison of Pembroke, formerly of Chelsea, died at home in the loving care of her family on October 19. She was 68 years young.

Born in Chelsea, she attended Peter Bent Brigham School of Nursing and started her career at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She was on the PBBH Alumni Board for 45 years, serving as its treasurer for more than 20 years. She was a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader, a volunteer for the Pembroke Council on Aging, and a member of the Red Hat Society.

She was married to Ken Harrison for 44 years, and built a life in Pembroke where they raised three children. Her passion was traveling with her husband. They left their footprints on every corner of the globe including the Great Wall of China, the Nile, the Amazon, the Galapagos Islands, and Patagonia. Some recent trips included riding a zip line through the tree tops of Costa Rica, swimming with stingrays in the Caribbean, and visiting Red Square in Moscow. There was little she would not try. She enjoyed planning family reunions in places like the Dominican Republic and Cape Hatteras. These gatherings will forever be cherished by her family. She also liked flying kites and tobogganing with her grandchildren in Vermont, knitting, quilting, and rug braiding.

She is survived by her husband, Ken; her three children, Deb Harrison O’Brien, Kevin Harrison and Sian Harrison O’Leary; her sons-in-law, Terry O’Brien and Nathan O’Leary, her grandchildren, Tierney and Liam O’Brien, her brother, John Burke, and nephews, Joe and Mike Burke.

Funeral arrangements were by the Shepherd Funeral Home, Pembroke Center. Burial was at the Center Cemetery in Pembroke. Donations can be made to Cranberry Hospice, 36 Cordage Park Circle, Plymouth. For online condolence go to


O. Burt Daniel Kelly

Chelsea resident

O. Burt Daniel Kelly of Chelsea died on September 17.

He was the father of Melissa West of Connectictut, Theresa Suber of Newton and also the father of Michelle, Michael and Cheryl Kelly whereabouts unknown. Please contact the Dolan Funeral Home 617-298-8011 if you know or are one of the children of Mr. Kelly.

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