Obituaries 11-03-2010

Grace Hutchins

Retired Chelsea Library Clerk

Grace F. (Davis) Hutchins of North Reading, formerly of Chelsea, died on November 1. She was 93 years old.

A retired clerk for the Chelsea Library, she was the wife of the late Carl E. Marshall Sr. and the late Fred Hutchins; mother of the late Carl E. Marshall Jr.; sister of the late William E. Davis and Charles Ward and sister-in-law of Marilyn Swanson of Reading. She is also lovingly survived by two nieces, Jan-Margaret Davis of Georgia and Jenna Davis of Reading and one nephew, William E. Davis of Reading; two cousins, Jeannette “Jan” Chandler of N. Reading and Dorothy J. Brown of Florida.

Her Funeral will be held from the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea on Friday, November 5 at 9 a.m. followed by a Holy Eucharist Service at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 201 Washington Ave., Chelsea at 10 a..m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours in the funeral home are today from 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. For those who wish, donations in her memory may be made to the above named church.


Alice Gordon

Of Florida, formerly of East Boston

Alice Gordon, a longtime resident of East Boston until moving to  Florida four years ago, died on October 20.

She will be sadly missed by so many, her loving children, Denise Ferdinand , Carolann Potts , Danny Gordon and Nancy Gordon; 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren who will always  miss and love her.

Sadly, her eldest daughter, Irene, held the Gates of Heaven
open for her mother two days earlier.


Robert ‘Bucky’ McWatters

Chelsea resident

Robert A. “Bucky” McWatters of Chelsea, formerly of Somerville, died on November 1.

A US Marine Corps veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was Quartermaster of Ronald J. Pointer Post 10279 of Somerville.

He was the loving father of Carolyn “Sissy” Ankenbauer and her husband, Robert, of Billerica, Robert and Kevin McWatters, Marylynn Cabral and her husband, Richard, all of Somerville; former husband of Florence McWatters of Somerville and longtime companion of Joan Turner of Chelsea; brother of Sabina Miller of Somerville; grandfather of Bobby, Shawn, Kevin, Jacqueline and Bobby.

His Funeral procession will begin from the George L. Doherty Funeral Home, 855 Broadway (Powder House Square) Somerville today, Thursday at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Catherine Church, Somerville at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Center, 17 Lafayette Avenue, Chelsea, MA 02150. For more information please visit


William Murphy

Of Winthrop, formerly of Revere

William A. “Bill” Murphy of Winthrop, formerly of Revere, died on October 29. He was 83 years old.

A retired plate maker for a lithograph company, he was the brother of the late Harold Murphy, Catherine Millar and Shirley Belyea; son of the late Arthur and Mae (Gillis) Murphy and is lovingly survived by two nieces and two nephews.

A Holy Eucharist Service was celebrated at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Winthrop with funeral arrangements entrusted to the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea.


Mildred Willis

Medfield resident

Mildred E. (Boyden) Willis of Medfield died on October 30. She was 85 years old.

She was the beloved wife of the late John C. Willis; loving mother of Scott B. Willis of Pearl River, NY, Christopher J. Willis of Boston, and the late John C. “Jack” Willis, II; devoted grandmother of John III, Joshua and Nicole; sister of Joyce Morse of Plymouth, Nancy Winslow of North Carolina and the late Doris Willis and Raymond Boyden. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Her funeral will be held at the Roberts-Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Miller Street, Medfield, today, Thursday, November 4 at 11 a.m. followed by burial at Vine Lake Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made in her memory to the Hannah Adams Scholarship Fund, c/o Nancy Dearness, P.O. Box 501, Medfield, MA 02052. For guest book, obituary, directions and additional information see


Robert Belmonte

East Boston resident

Robert A. Belmonte of East Boston died on October 31.

A US Army Reservist, he was the beloved son of the late Anthony and Lillian (Burner) Belmonte; loving husband of Angela f. (Gualtieri) Belmonte; cherished father of Rhonda LaFlamme and her husband, William, of Chelsea, Robert A. Belmonte Jr and his wife, Marie, of Wilmington and John Belmonte of East Boston; treasured grandfather of Sabrina, Maria and Kristina Ciulla, Brandon and Samantha Belmonte and great-grandfather of Jonathan Flores. He was the dear brother of the late Joseph Belmonte and his wife, Roberta, Herbert “Cicco” Belmonte and his surviving wife, Phyllis, of East Boston, Ronald Belmonte and his surviving wife, Lola, of East Boston and Emma DiBella and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by The Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. For online condolences, please visit


Domenic Taraburelli

Of New Hampshire, formerly of Revere

Domenic J. Taraburelli of Rochester, NH died on October 28. He was 79 years old.

Born in Revere on October 20, 1931, the son of Joseph and Josephine (Crivello) Taraburelli, he is survived by wife, Dorothy “Dot” (DeStefano) Taraburelli of Gonic, NH, his brother, Frank Taraburelli of Chelsea, his sister, Mary and her husband, Vincent Penzo, of Dover, NH and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Tasker Funeral Home, Dover, NH. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society , 2 Commerce Drive, Suite 110, Bedford, NH 03110. Please go to to sign the on-line guest book.


Thelma ‘Joan’ Drapinski

Worked for East Boston Savings Bank

Thelma “Joan” (Britton) Drapinski of Malden, formerly of Chelsea, died on October 26 at the Massachusetts General Hospital after a long illness. She was 77 years old.

Born in Everett, she was a longtime Chelsea resident until moving to Malden seven years ago. A member of the Red Hat Society, her working career started first at the Saugus Bank and Trust, and then for five years she worked as the manager of Alves Hallmark, also in Saugus. Her last job, for almost 20 years until her retirement, was in the ATM accounts department at East Boston Savings Bank, at their Central Square, Maverick Square and Orient Heights branches.

She was the devoted wife of the late Frank J. Drapinski; beloved mother of Francis J. Drapinski and his wife, Anne, of Malden and the late Carol Ann Drapinski; dear sister of Gina Fortier and Donna Ashman, both of New Hampshire and the late Joseph Britton, Florence Bocchino and William Barry; cherished grandmother of Lauren, Alexander, Jonathan, Jason and Samantha and is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Expressions of sympathy in “Joan’s” name may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701. To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit


Nathalie Finstein

Retired Bookkeeper

Nathalie Finstein of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on October 27. She was 85 years old.

The beloved wife of Bernard Finstein, she was born in Boston, attended the Revere schools and graduated from Revere High School. She was a retired bookkeeper, a member of Congregation 420 at the Jack Satter House and enjoyed Mah Jong, bridge, knitting and doing needlepoint.

She was the devoted mother of Janis Cohen; the dear sister of Saul Zelman and dear sister-in-law of Gerald Finstein; the loving grandmother of Samantha and Victoria and the dear aunt of Jacqueline Taksa and Kurt Zelman.

Graveside services were held at Sharon Memorial Park. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Jack Satter House Tenants Assoc. or Congregation 420; both located at 420 Revere Beach Blvd., Revere, MA 02151.


Thomas Munroe

Chelsea resident

Thomas A. Munroe of Chelsea died on October 27.

He was a member of the Redemption Order and a US Army Vietnam veteran.

He was the beloved husband of Gladys F. (Ventola) Munroe of Chelsea; loving son of Marie (Farber) Watkins of Arizona and the late William Munroe; devoted father of Peter Munroe of Chelsea and Matthew Munroe of Salem; dear brother of William Munroe of Maine, Daniel Munroe of Marblehead, Kathryn and Robin Munroe, both of Arizona.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: New England Centre for Homeless Veterans 17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108. For guestbook please visit:


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.; beloved mother and mother in law of Patricia A. Melendy and her husband, David, of Lynnfield, Frank A. “Skip” Welsh of Decatur, Illinois, the late Airman Second Class, William Francis Welsh, Jr. USAF and the late Janet E. (MacPherson) Welsh; grandmother of Stephen Markarian, Andrea  Markarian, Jennifer Grealey, Karen Fortune, Amy Criswell, Nancy Bickford and Billy Welsh; great-grandmother of Ethan Wilson, Madeline Grealey, Kiley Markarian, Alec Fortune, Connor Criswell, Ethan and Wesley Bickford; dear sister of the late Mary Walsh, Joseph and Victor Camillieri.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. 

Funeral Services were private. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery Everett. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to a charity their choice.

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