Obituaries 01-20-2011

Rosemarie McNeil

Former X-Ray Technician’s Assistant

Rosemarie McNeil of Chelsea, a former X-Ray Technician,  passed away suddenly on January 16 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett after being stricken in her home. She was 52 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Donald and Marie (O’Keefe) McNeil. She attended local schools and continued her education, receiving an Associate’s Degree in early Childhood Education from Bunker Hill Community College and a BS from Cambridge College. She worked at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston as an X-ray Technician’s Assistant.  Medical ailments forced her to take early retirement five years ago.

She was the dear sister of Annemarie McNeil and Donnamarie McNeil, both of Chelsea, Isabel Giradina of Waltham, Mary Kay Dockins of Brockton, Betty May Sheppard of Framingham and the late John James “JJ” McNeil.  She is also survived by several aunts and uncles.

Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Thursday January 20 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.  To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Ramon Luis Lopez

Florida resident

Ramon Luis Lopez of Florida, formerly of Boston and Puerto Rico, died on January 6. He was 52 years old.

He was the beloved son of Ana M. Albino of Puerto Rico and the late Luis Felipe Lopez; dear brother of Luis F. Lopez of Mattapan, Edwin Albino of Boston, Luis E. Albino of Malden, Wanda Albino  and Sophia I. Albino, both of Chelsea and Ricardo Arocho of Holbrook; dear stepson of Pablo Arocho.

Burial was at St. Michael Cemetery, Roslindale. For information and guest book

Rita Rossetti

Retired Metropolitan Credit Union Branch Manager

Rita G. (Carron) Rossetti of Burlington, a life long resident of Chelsea until moving to Burlington 10 years ago, passed away at the Kindred Hospital of the North Shore Monday morning after a long illness. She was 77 years old.

A Metropolitan Credit Union employee for more than 25 years, she worked her way up in the institution, and was a branch manager when she retired. After moving to Burlington, she worked as a receptionist for Pediatric and Family Dentistry of Woburn retiring in 2007.

She was the devoted wife of the late Pasquale; beloved mother of Karen Keene and her husband, Lawrence, of Burlington, Patricia Buckley of Chelsea, Michael Rossetti of East Boston and Richard Rossetti and his wife, Ana, of Wilmington; sister of John Carron of Chelsea and the late Theresa Alden and George Carron; cherished grandmother of Corey Keene and his wife, Lisa, Kerri Mahoney and her husband, Chris, James Buckley and his wife, Julie, Christina Follis and her husband, Peter, Amanda Rossetti and her fiancé, James, Crystal Rossetti and her fiancé, Patrick, and Maria and Kayla Rossetti. She is also lovingly survived by four grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Friday, January 21 at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 9 o’clock. Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home will be today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Expressions of sympathy in her name may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation, 1 Bulfinch Place, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02114. To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit

Helen Cesareo

Retired Chelsea Head Purchasing Agent

Helen Rita (Domenichello) Cesareo , known for her gregarious personality, of Peabody and Naples, Florida, formerly of Chelsea, died peacefully on January 12 at Wingate at Reading Skilled Nursing Home. She was 85 years old.

The wife of Anthony S. Cesareo, she was born on April 21, 1925, the daughter of the late Edward C., Sr. and Mary (Volta) Domenichello. She was raised in Chelsea and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1943. She was a proud resident of Chelsea for more than 80 years before moving to Peabody in 2007.

Mrs. Cesareo was a long time employee of the City of Chelsea, starting out as a switchboard operator and retiring as the head purchasing agent. She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Chelsea and an active member of the Zonta Club of Chelsea. She was the captain of the New Bridge Cafe’s own bowling team and introduced the game of bocce to her Naples, Florida community, her winter home. She loved being outside, swimming, skating, skiing and gardening, or reading and cooking for her adored family.

She will be most remembered for the sharp tongue and fun personality that made her Helen. She loved being the star of the show and the center of attention. She especially cherished and adored her grandchildren who were the “breath of her heart”. Her proudest moments were when she had the opportunity to brag about them.

She was the beloved wife of Anthony “Joe” Cesareo, of Peabody, for 64 years; the cherished mother of Carol J. Siuda and her husband, Leonard, of Melrose, and Arlene M. Ianetti and her husband, Mario, of Lynnfield. She was a devoted grandmother to Lauren J. D’Addario and her husband, Glenn, of Danvers, and grandsons, Andrew M. Iannetti and Matthew A. Iannetti, both of Lynnfield. She was also the soon-to-be great grandmother of baby D’Addario, due in March. She was the sister of the late Edward C. Domenichello Jr., Michael Domenichello, Victoria Capone, Rose Yannetti and Lucy Brown and is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA), Massachusetts Chapter, 72 E. Concord St., C3, Boston, MA 02118. Please visit for more information.

Helen Caruso

Of East Boston, formerly of Chelsea

Helen B (King) Caruso of East Boston, formerly of Chelsea, died on January 17.

She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony “Tom”Caruso; devoted mother of Pasquale “Pat”Caruso and his companion, Jo Ann Morani, of East Boston, Linda Dempsey and her husband, Frank, of Hollis N.H., Thomas Caruso and his wife, Ana, of East Boston; dear sister of John Ciaramella and his wife, Rose, of New Hampshire; cherished grandmother of Robert T. Lanza and his wife, Laurie, and Gregory M. Lanza. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Her funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston on Friday January 21 at 9 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of her life in Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. In Honoring Mrs. Caruso’s memory, memorial donation may be made to Sacred Heart Youth Group, 303 Paris St., East Boston 02128. For more information or to send an online condolence:

Salvatore Mazzei

MBTA Carmen’s Union member

Salvatore P. Mazzei of Everett died on January 10.

A member of the MBTA Carmen’s Union, he was a loyal supporter of Malden Catholic Lacrosse.

He was the beloved husband of the late Evelyn (Kingsbury), the loving father of Richard of Chelsea, Patricia Massa and her husband, Fred, of Swampscott, Janet Manetta and her husband, Louis, of New Hampshire, Donald Pratt and Robert Pratt and his wife, Norma, all of California; beloved brother the late Frank and Sarah Mazzei. He is also survived by 14 loving grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Internment was at Woodlawn Mausoleum in Everett. Donations in his memory may be made to the Evelyn F. Mazzei Memorial, University of Notre Dame and Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 1007A Cook Lane, Norristown, PA 19401.

Liebmann Isaak

Holocaust Survivor

Liebmann Isaak of East Boston passed away on January 15. He was 86 years old.

Born in Germany and a survivor of the Holocaust, after leaving Germany, he lived in Argentina for many years and has resided in East Boston for more than 20 years. He was a typesetter for the Boston Herald and was a member of Congregation Agudas Achim-Ezrath Israel in Malden. He enjoyed theater, music, dancing and walks along the beach.

He was the devoted father of Liliana Isaak-Snyder and her husband, Thomas, and Virginia Isaak; the dear brother of Luis Isaak, Herbert Isaak and Jose Isaak; the loving grandfather of Nicholas Isaak Snyder and loved friend to many people. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at the Maple Hill Cemetery, 98 Canterbury Drive, Peabody, today, Thursday, January 20 at 2 p.m. Donations in his memory may be made to a charity of your choice. For directions and online guestbook please visit the funeral home website:

Joan Delory

Registered Nurse and Professor of Nursing

Joan M. Delory of Middleton, formerly of Everett and Pittsfield, entered into eternal life surrounded by her family on January 14 after a long illness. She was 75 years old.

A Registered Nurse for more than 50 years, she was a graduate of Cheverus High School in Malden and Whidden Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Everett. She received a B.S.N. Degree in Nursing from Boston College and an M.Ed. from Boston State College. She was an instructor of Nursing at Whidden Memorial and Chelsea Hospital School of Nursing and  a former Director of the Everett Visiting Nurse Association before moving to Pittsfield in 1968.

She joined the Faculty of Berkshire Community College where she taught as a Professor of Nursing for 27 years until her retirement in 1995. During her tenure at the college she served for seven years as the Chairperson of the Nursing Dept.

She was also involved in many religious, civic and charitable organizations. She was a past President of the Pittsfield Lodge of the Sons of Italy and a member of the Everett Emblem Club.

She dedicated her life to caring for the sick and teaching others how to care for them as well. Her kindness towards her patients and students will long be remembered.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Perina J. and Alice N. Delory; cherished sister of Mary D. Keller and her husband, Ernest, of Winthrop, Carole D. O’Keefe and her husband, John, of Middleton and Atty. Paul A. Delory and his wife, Paula, of Lynnfield. She is also survived by many devoted nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and four godchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alice N. Delory Book Award of the Everett Emblem Club, c/o Mary Keller, 3 Seal Harbor Rd., Winthrop, MA 02152.

M. Catherine D’Eon

Former Chelsea Clock employee

M. Catherine (McLaughlin) D’Eon died on January 16 surrounded by the love of her family following a long confinement at Don Orione Nursing Home in East Boston. She was 100 years old.

Born in Salunierville, Nova Scotia, she came to the United States as a young girl with her family to Haverhill and later lived in East Boston, Chelsea and Malden. She moved to Revere 40 years ago. She worked as an assembler at the famed Chelsea Clock for several years.

She was the wife of the late Joseph; cherished mother of Gloria A. Haggerty and her late husband, John, of Revere, M. Elizabeth Dusz and her late husband, Donald, of Daytona Beach, FL, Marie Yvonne Taglieri and her husband, Retired Revere Deputy Fire Chief George P. Taglieri of Revere, Joel Stephen D’Eon and his wife, Carole, of West Yarmouth, Louise K. D’Eon and Kathryn Duggan D’Eon, both of Revere, June T. D’Eon of Lafayette, CA and the late Raymond McLaughlin and Joseph Harvey D’Eon. She was the sister of the late Augustus and Emile McLaughlin and daughter of the late Charles and Evenie (Theriault) McLaughlin and is also lovingly survived by 17 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, seven great great grandchildren and Stephen P. Duggan of Revere.

Family and friends are invited to attend her funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway, (Rt. 107), Revere today, Thursday, January 20 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Don Orione Nursing Home, 111 Orient Ave., East Boston, MA 02128, Attn. Residents Activities Fund.

Calvin Wentworth

Retired Delivery Truck Driver

Calvin Wentworth of Revere, formerly of Chelsea and Everett, died January 17 at the Chelsea Healthcare Facility after a long illness.  He was 81 years old.

He was a member of the English Revere Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and others before that since the age of 10 when he and his mother, Ebba, of East Boston and Sweden came in contact with Jehovah’s Witnesses in a South Shore Community.  His last employment was as a delivery truck driver for Caldarone and Sons of Chelsea.

He is survived by his wife, Sally, to whom he was married for 44 years; a sister, Betteann, and her husband, Ben Maltese, of Anaheim, California; three children, Richard Wentworth and his wife, Cindy, of Georgetown, Sharen Wentworth of Hyde Park, and Wendy Brown and her husband, Charles, of Haverhill and his grandchildren, Richard Wentworth and Luke Aleo and his wife, Heather.

A memorial service will be held for Mr. Wentworth at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 40 Hysil Avenue, Revere at 3 p.m. Saturday.  If one wishes, instead of flowers, donations may be made to English Revere Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses at the above address.

Eric Mazzio Sr.

Worked for Amtrak and Boston Flower Exchange

Eric A. Mazzio Sr. of Revere, a resident of Chelsea for most of his life, passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on January 15 surrounded by his loving and devoted family after a long and courageous battle with diabetes. He was 50 years old.

A 20 year Red Cap with Amtrak and member of Local TCU1089, he also worked for the Boston Flower Exchange on Albany Street in Boston for over 25 years. His life was devoted to his work, his family and his friends and his passing will leave a void that will be hard to fill.

He was the devoted father of Eric A. Mazzio, Jr., Patricia Mazzio and Harold Mazzio, all of Woburn; beloved brother of Joanne Nichols and her husband, Anthony, of N. Woodstock, NH, Debra Buscanera and her husband, James, of Revere, Michael Mazzio and his wife, Mona, of Danvers, Gail Mazzio and her companion, Steven Pinksten, of Revere, Stacey Menjin and her husband, James, of South Boston. He is also lovingly survived by his grandson Eric A. Mazzio, III as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and colleagues.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea today, January 20 at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 9 o’clock. Services will conclude with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Expressions of sympathy in his name may be made to JDRF, Team Madison, 60 Walnut Street, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481. To send a message of condolence to his family, please visit

Raymond Pierce

Chelsea resident

Raymond F. Pierce of Chelsea, formerly of Ipswich and South Boston, died on January 10. He was 64 years old.

A US Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he was the son of Phyllis (Dodge) Pierce of Ipswich and the late Arthur Pierce. He leaves two daughters, Wendy Pierce Lopez and her husband, Frank, and Tammy Pierce and her husband, James Martino, all of Amesbury. He was the brother of Keith of Gloucester, Kevin Pierce of Ipswich and Nancy Saco of Danvers and also leaves six grandchildren; Joshua, Brandon, and Jeremy Lopez, Adam Tsaltas, Elliott and Andrew Martino. He was the former husband of Eida (Valverde) Pierce of Ipswich.

A Graveside Service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations in his name may be made to The Soldiers’ Home Memorial Fund, 91 Crest Avenue, Chelsea, MA 02150, Att: Commandant Resca. Assisting the family with arrangements is the Mackey Funeral Home, Danvers. To send a condolence see

Daniel Robinson, Jr.

Of Virginia, formerly of Chelsea

Daniel “Dee” “Danny” Robinson, Jr. of Virginia Beach, Virginia, a Chelsea native, died on January 9 at Riverside Hospital in Newport News, VA. He was 39 years old.

He was married to Tammy Robinson and was employed with Dixon Auto Sales as a Car Salesmen and was a member of Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, Chesapeake.  He graduated from North High School in Wichita, KS.

He was the grandson of Emerline Smith Cromwell and Walter Robinson and great-grandson of Leon and Ethel Smith and Donald and Elizabeth Sneed. Along with his wife, he leaves to cherish his memories one daughter Nasenya, three sons, Jamal, Daniel, and Tyree, all of Virginia Beach, his mother and Pops Doreen (Smith) Hornbeak and Steve Hornbeak, Sr., and his father, Daniel Robinson, Sr., three sisters, Kisha Thomas, Kalani Hornbeak and Kristina Hornbeak, all of Virginia Beach, and one brother, Steve Hornbeak, Jr., of Virginia Beach, and his grandparents Lucy Robinson of Everett and Donald Sneed of Roxbury, a niece, Aliyah Hornbeak, his nephews, Brandon Robinson, Lequan Thomas, Lamont Thomas, Jr. and Allen Hornbeak, all of Virginia Beach.

Funeral Services were held in Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church,  Chesapeake, VA with Bishop Kim Brown presiding. Burial  followed in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were by Beach Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. at Town Center, 4456 Bonney Road, Virginia Beach.

Phyllis Johnson

Long time East Boston resident

Phyllis A. (Cataldo) Johnson of East Boston and Chelsea died unexpectedly on January 10 at Eastpointe Nursing Care Center of Chelsea after a long confinement. She was 88 years old.

Mrs. Johnson was born and raised in Fitchburg, MA and came to live in East Boston and Chelsea as a young woman.

She was the wife of the late Kenneth E. Johnson; beloved mother of Patricia Harnish-D’Amore and her husband, Anthony, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Kenneth J. Cataldo and his fiancé, Pamela White, of Rochester, N.H. and the late Dale M. Santiano. She is also lovingly survived by five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, her sister-in-law, Betty Cataldo of Middleton and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Louis, Philip and Joseph Cataldo and Mary DiCarlo.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 20 Walnut St., Wellesley Hills, MA 02481.

Joanne Palermo

Of Stoneham, formerly of Chelsea

Joanne R. Palermo of Stoneham, formerly of Chelsea, died on January 16. She was 72 years old.

The beloved daughter of the late Paul J. Palermo and Grace (Barbera), she was the devoted sister of Connie Rosa and her husband, Edward, Paul J. Palermo Jr. and his wife, Phyllis, all of Stoneham; loving aunt of Susan and Michael Rosa, Nicholas and Kristen Palermo.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Service celebrating her life in the Chapel of the Barile Family Funeral Home, 482 Main St. (RT28) Stoneham, today, Thursday, at 11 a.m. Visiting Hours will be held one hour prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please honor her by making donations in her memory to the Dana Farber Cancer Research Institute, 44 Binney St., Boston MA, 02215. For directions or to send a memorial condolence, please visit:

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