Obituaries 12-09-2010

Nicoletta Grace ‘LaLa’ LeClair

Former Chelsea resident

Nicoletta Grace “LaLa” (Caldarola) LeClair of East Kingston, NH, formerly of Chelsea, died on December 5. She was 81 years old.

A graduate of Jeremiah E. Burke High School, Dorcester, Class of 1946, she was a NE Telephone operator on Franklin Street in Boston and an AT&T employee trainer in the traffic division for more than 30 years. She continued working for 25 years up until her death at Seabrook Yankee Greyhound Park, Seabrook, NH.

She is survived by her children, Kathleen A. (Mrs. Timothy G.) Carter of Kennebunk, ME, Peter J. LeClair and his companion, Leslie Bjork, of Salisbury, MA, Francis P. “Frankie” LeClair of Woodland Hills, CA, Margaret A. “Peggy” (Mrs. M. Lynn) Burnem of Screven, GA, and Gerald T. “Jerry” and his wife, Miriam LeClair, of East Kingston, NH. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren, Steven, Alexandra, Evanne Rachael, Ryan, Anthony Joseph “AJ”, Taylor, Christopher, Danielle and Michelle, She leaves her sisters in law, Lena Caldarola of Quincy and Rose Caldarola of Hingham. She was predeceased in death by former Chelsea Massachusetts Police Officer Gerald T. “Jerry” LeClair and by her brothers Vincent and Pasquale “Pat” Caldarola.

Funeral services will be held at the Robert K. Gray, Jr. Funeral Home, 24 Winnacunnet Road, Hampton, NH today, Thursday, December 9. Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home from 2 to 6 p.m. A loving family celebration commemorating her life will be offered by her children and grandchildren beginning at 3 p.m. followed by further reminiscence and celebration. Contributions may be directed to Seacoast Area Feline Education and Rescue “SAFER”, PO Box 1531, Hampton NH 03843 [email protected]

Gene Hickey

Worked at Harvard University

Gene K. Hickey died at the Whidden Memorial Hospital on December 2 following a long illness. He was 64 years old. Born in Winthrop, he was the son of the late Leo and Florence (Bailey) Hickey. Prior to becoming ill, he worked as a shipping clerk at Harvard University. He leaves behind his dear friends Ruth Mello and Frances King, both of Chelsea. Honoring his wishes, his funeral services were private. Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Luis Cancela-Soto

Former Shaw’s Employee

Luis M. Cancela-Soto died following a long and courageous battle with overwhelming illness at the Tewksbury Hospital on December 2. He was 44 years old. Born in Boston, he was the son of Carmen J. Soto of Chelsea and Ismael Cancela of Florida. He worked a variety of jobs throughout his life. He was working in the Deli at Shaw’s Supermarket in East Boston before becoming ill. He was the devoted father of Brianna Cancela; loving son of Carmen J. Soto of Chelsea and step-son of William Rivera; dear brother of Carmen Cancela of Haverhill, Osvaldo Cancela of Lynn and Jose Cancela of Boston. He is also survived by many cousins and relatives. Honoring his wishes, his funeral services were private. Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. To send messages of condolence to the family, please visit

Carmen ‘Nana’ Rodas

Chelsea resident

Carmen C. “Nana” Rodas of Chelsea died on December 4. The beloved wife of 51 years to Epifanio B. Rodas of Chelsea, she was the devoted mother of Victoria Riveria and her husband, Maximino, of Chelsea, Alfred Rodas of Guatemala, Franklin Rodas of Chelsea, Marvin Rodas of Chelsea and Marconi Rodas of Guatemala; dear sister of Florencia Cabot of California, Floridalma Sanchezl of California, Francisca Garcia of Guatemala, Efrain Arango of California, Miguel Angel Sanchez of Guatemala, Alfonso Sanchez of California and Luis Arango of Guatemala; cherished grandmother ”Nana” of Maximino Rivera Jr., Suzette Rivera, Jason Rivera, Robinson Rodas, Ryan Rodas, Dickerson Rodas, Franklin Rodas, Johanna Rodas, Yailene Rodas, Glendy Rodas, Marconi Rodas Jr., Jerricka Rodas and Reina DelCarmen Rodas and cherished great grandmother of Isaac Rodas. A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Rose Church on Wednesday, December 8. Services concluded with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Irene Sugerman

Co-founder of Emanuel Sugerman Inc. of Malden

Irene R. (Marnoy) Sugerman of Mashpee, formerly of Lexington and Chelsea, died on December 4. She was 85 years old. She was Past President of Hadassah, one of the founding families of Temple Isaiah in Lexington and co-founder of Emanuel Sugerman, Inc. of Malden. The beloved wife of Emanuel Sugerman, she was the devoted mother of Karen Swenson of East Falmouth and Robert Sugerman of Lower Gwynedd, PA; loving grandmother of Shayna, Geoffrey and Stephen Swenson and Sara and Zachary Sugerman; dear sister of the late Selma Borne and Dr. Sherwood Marnoy. Arrangements were by the Levine Chapels of Brookline. Graveside Services were held at the Chevra Mishna Cemetery, Lynn. Memorial observance will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure , Attention: Gift Management Services, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244 or the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, National Processing Center, Attn: Honor & Memorial Gifts, P.O. Box 1245, Albert Lea MN 56007-9976.

Ryan MacDonald

Past Captain of Everett High School Hockey and Basketball Teams

Ryan E. MacDonald of East Boston, formerly of Everett, died unexpectedly at home, on December 3. He was 29 years old. Born in Melrose and a longtime Everett resident until moving to East Boston two months ago, he was a graduate of Everett High School, Class of ‘99, where he was the Captain of the Hockey and Baseball teams. He went on to Bridgton Academy, followed by the University of Southern Maine then to Wentworth where he studied Construction Management. He was a young man who enjoyed life to the fullest, who was never without a smile and was totally devoted and beloved by his entire family. A member of the Ironworkers Union Local 7, he worked out of the union hall as well as for the last four years for Marr Corporation. In addition to his full time job, he worked part time in the “Pro Shop” at TD Garden. The devoted son of Robert E. and Nancy A. (Jaroszewski) MacDonald of Everett, he was the loving brother of Lauren D’Ambrosio and her husband, Stephen, of Danvers and Brennan MacDonald of Everett; dear companion of Amy Garland of Somerville; cherished grandson of Margaret MacDonald of Chelsea and the late Harry J. MacDonald, John and Caroline Jaroszewski; nephew of Lorraine and Henry Perry of Chelsea, John Jaroszewski of Revere, Harry and Maureen MacDonald of Cumberland, RI, Ann and John Dyer of Melrose, Hugh and Mary MacDonald of Chelsea, Claire and Randy Silva of Peabody and the late Stephen MacDonald. He is also lovingly survived by many cousins, friends and colleagues along with his dog, Murphy, and his bird, Bingo. Family and friends are kindly invited to attend his Funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea, today, Thursday, December 9 at 11 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere Street, Revere at 12 Noon. Committal Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 330 Congress St., Boston, MA 02210. To send a message of condolence to his family, please visit

Thomas Timothy Carroll

Of Florida, formerly of Chelsea

Thomas Timothy Carroll of Cape Coral, FL, formerly of Chelsea, died on November 11 after a stroke left him in a nursing home for eight years. He was 45 years old. The son of the late John and Darlene Carroll, he was the brother of John, Tracy, David and his wife, Maureen, Drenda and her husband, Ron, and the late Jeffrey; uncle to Cheri and her husband, Eric, David, Richie, Robert and Tess and friend to all. A Memorial service will be held at the Woodlawn Cemetery, 302 Elm Street, Everett on December 10 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: RSDSA (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association) P.O. Box 502, Milford, CT 06464.

Marilyn Rubenstein

Of Florida, formerly of Chelsea

Marilyn (Shneider) Rubinstein of Boca Raton, FL, formerly of Chelsea and Medford, died on December 7 at the Winchester Hospital. She was 80 years old. She was born and raised in Chelsea, attended the Chelsea Schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. She was a resident of Medford for 50 years. A home maker, she was a life member of Hadassah, N’Amat and a member of Temple Shalom of Medford for many years. She was the beloved wife of the late Herbert Rubenstein; the devoted mother of Donna Rubenstein, Philip Rubenstein and his wife, Nancy, Michael Rubenstein and Paula Rigoli; the dear sister of Melvin Shneider and his wife, Lucille; the loving grandmother of Jason and Adam Rigoli and Caitlin Rubenstein. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, sisters in law, and other extended family. Services will be held at Temple Shalom of Medford, 475 Winthrop St. Medford, today, Thursday, December 9 at 11 a.m. Rabbi Braham David will officiate. Burial will be in Peabody. Memorial observance will be at the home of Michael Rubenstein today following the interment until 8 p.m. and Saturday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. Donations in her memory may be made to the Founders Affiliate of the American Heart Association, PO BOX 417005 Boston, MA 02241-7005 or to a charity of your choice. For directions and online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website:

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