Obituaries 03-03-2011

Francis Vasile

US Postal Service Retiree


Francis Vasile of Chelsea died on March 1. He was 83 years old.

A US Marine Corps veteran of World War II and Korea, he was employed as a Processor by the US Postal Service for 31 yrs.

He was the dear brother of Mary DeSantis of Revere, Rocco Vasile of Weymouth, Patsy Vasile of Weymouth, Alice Sharp of Foxboro, Geri DelGrasso of Medford and the late Patricia Dileone and Rita Vasile and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Friday, March 4 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours are today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Chelsea Soldiers Home. 91 Crest Ave, Chelsea, MA 02150. For guestbook please visit


Dr. Norman Becker

Well Known Dentist


Dr. Norman Becker of Marblehead died at home surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness on February 23. He was 86 years old.

Known as “Tuny” to his friends, he was a kind, warm, selfless man whose quiet demeanor and joy in his profession and life inspired countless others to pursue their dreams. He was the definition of a role model. He always had a joke to tell and a quarter to magically find behind someone’s ear.

Norman Becker was born in Chelsea on May 11, 1924. He graduated from Chelsea High School in 1941 and from the Indiana School of Dentistry in 1946. While at Indiana, he played football under legendary coach “Bo” McMillin. An Army veteran of World War II, he also served in Japan during the Korean War.

Dr. Becker was in practice at the same locations in Revere and Boston until December of 2010 doing the work he loved for more than 60 years. When he retired, Dr. Becker was in practice with his son, grandson and a partner he considered a son.

Active in the Massachusetts Dental Society for decades, he served as a trustee on its board. He was editor of the Journal of the Massachusetts Dental Society for over 25 years. Under his watch, the Journal progressed from a small newsletter into the highly regarded publication it is today. Dr. Becker received many awards for the Journal and he served as president of the American Association of Dental Editors. He was also involved with the Yankee Dental Congress, one of the largest dental conventions in the nation. In 2004, he was awarded the prestigious New England-wide Etherington Award for his contributions to his profession. In 2006, he was named the Distinuished Alumnus of the Year by his dental school. Dr. Becker was a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, the Academy of General Dentistry and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Perhaps what Dr. Becker is most known for professionally is his contributions to jazz with his then-partner, Dr. Anthony Minichiello.  These dentists were pioneers in treatment of musicians, as they were experts in the relationship of a mouth to a musical instrument. For their contributions to jazz, Drs. Becker and Minichiello became the only non-musicians to be inducted into the International Press Club Jazz Hall of Fame. Dr. Becker once hosted a barbeque at his home in Marblehead for Louis Armstrong and his entire All-Star Band.

Dr. Becker was also a 56-year member of the Society of American Magicians and he used his skills in magic to delight and calm his patients. He frequently lectured on the use of magic for patient management. In the 1960s, he was a regular guest on The Bozo the Clown Show where he taught children about dental hygiene while entertaining them.

He was the devoted husband of 63 years of Barbara (Ludwig); beloved father of Matia Angelou and her husband, David Osmond, David Becker and his wife, Jackie Belf-Becker, Susan and her husband, John Grant, Ellen Becker-Gray and her husband, Robert Gray, and Charles Becker. He was the brother of the late Etta Siegal and Rosalyn Sweet-Rappaport. He will be missed by his grandchildren, great grandchildren, friends, colleagues and patients.

Graveside services were held at Temple Sinai Cemetery, Danvers. Expressions of sympathy may be donated the Massachusetts Dental Society Foundation, 2 Willow St. #200, Southborough, MA. 01745. Arrangements were entrusted to Goldman Funeral Chapel, Malden. For online condolences go to:

Zofia Latkowska

Kayem Foods retiree, St. Stanislaus parishioner


Zofia (Zaremba) Latkowska passed away Monday morning February 28 at the Chelsea Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center where she has been receiving supportive care for the past several years. She was in her 100th year.

Born and raised in Kosow Lacki, Poland, she was the loving daughter of the late Konstanty and Jozefa (Zawadzka) Zaremba.  She married Ksawery Latkowski in 1936, raising their two children in Poland she worked outside of her home as a talented seamstress. She moved with her family to the United States in 1958 and has been a resident of Chelsea since 1961.  A parishioner of St. Stanislaus parish, she was a member of the former St Stanislaus get together club.  She worked for Kayem Foods for 15 years as a packager, retiring in 1985.

She was the beloved wife of 75 years to Ksawery Latkowski of Chelsea; devoted mother of Izabella Jedwabski and her husband, Taddeus, of Danvers and the late Bart Latkowski; dear sister of the late Walter Zaremba and Alexandra Chotkowski; cherished grandmother of Julietta Ferreira, Anita Jedwabski, Loretta Jedwabski-Cerbone and Dominika Latkowska.


Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, March 3 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass offered in thanksgiving for her life in St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit . Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial / Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Homes.


Justin Arsenault

East Coast Slurry employee


Justin T. Arsenault of Lynn, formerly of Everett, died unexpectedly at home on February 28. He was 31 years old.

Born in Malden and a resident of Everett for many years, he was an employee of East Coast Slurry for the past seven years. He was educated in the Everett School System and was a member of Wreckers Union Local 1421.

He was the devoted son of Cheryl (Biscoe) Ryan and her husband, Michael, of Lynn; beloved brother of Tarra Arsenault of Chelsea; cherished grandson of Ronald and Marilyn Crain of Lynn, Ernest Arsenault of Chelsea and the late Janet Arsenault and is also lovingly survived by his niece, Jazmin Johnson, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend his Funeral Service in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Friday, March 4 at 10 a.m. Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home are today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Expressions of sympathy in his name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472. To send a message of condolence to his family, please visit


William Maltais

Retired truck driver and businessman


William E. Maltais of Malden, formerly of Everett, died on February 25. He was 79 years old.

A US Marine Corps veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was a retired truck driver for Hood and Metropolitan Petroleum and was the self-employed owner of a redemption center in Wakefield.

He was the former husband of the late Valma (Dwire) Maltais; beloved father of Priscilla D. Cooper and her husband, Steven, of Natick, William E. Maltais Jr. of New Hampshire, Jane E. McCormick of Beverly, James E. Maltais of Vermont, Michelle D. Roccia of Lynnfield, Richard C. Maltais and his wife, Faustina, of Saugus and Kenneth R. Maltais and his wife, Diane, of Billerica; dear brother of Robert Maltais of Maine and is also lovingly survived by 13 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, Ava Maltais.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals in Chelsea.



Joan Arsenault

Long time teacher at St. Rose School


Joan E. Arsenault of Chelsea died on February 24. She was 83 years old.

A Graduate of Emmanuel College, she worked as a Fourth Grade teacher at St. Rose Elementary School for 25 years.  Upon retirement, she moved to her beloved Pompano Beach, FL where she enjoyed many years of fun, sun, family and friends.  Most recently she lived with family in Texas.

She was the loving mother of Joseph Arsenault of Texas, Maureen Bennett of Malden, Susan Luongo of Chelsea and Kristen Filipowich of New Hampshire; grandmother of Stephan and Aimee Arsenault, Michelle Bruzzese, Nicole, Joey and James Luongo, Eric Bennett and Christina and Matthew Filipowich.

There will be a Mass at St. Rose Church, Chelsea on March 27 at 10 a.m. Also, on July 17, there will be a Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Rose Church and a Celebration of family and friends will follow at the Polish Political Club of Chelsea at 11:30 a.m. Donations can be made in her name to the American Cancer Society.


Dorothy Mullen

Retired Everett School Cafeteria Cashier, Past President of Our Lady of Grace Women’s Club


Dorothy E. (Haley) Mullen, a lifelong resident of Everett, died on February 21 at the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea. She was 91 years old.

A retired Everett School cafeteria cashier, she was a former member and past president of Our Lady of Grace Women’s Club.

She was the beloved wife of the late Robert M. Mullen; dear and devoted mother of Mary E. Tobin and her husband, Joseph, of Salisbury, Patricia A. Barry and her husband, Richard, of Everett and the late Stephen Mullen and his wife, Betsy, of Byfield; loving grandmother of Jason Mullen and his wife, Sarah, Moulton Mullen, Andrew Mullen, Evan Barry, Nolan Barry, Sarah Tobin and Brandon Tobin  and great-grandmother of Stephen Mullen; dear aunt of Maryanne Petti, Diane Petti, Patricia Rauseo and several nieces and nephews.  She is also survived by her special cousins, Darlene, Paul and Lisa Morgan.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home,  Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory to the Florence Leonard Center for Living, 165 Captain’s Row, Chelsea, MA 02150, would be sincerely appreciated.


Charles Segal

Of Salem, formerly of Marblehead


Charles Segal of Salem, formerly of Marblehead, died on February 25. He was 87 years old.

He was the beloved husband of Ann (Millstein) Segal, with whom he shared 35 years of marriage; devoted father of Laural Feinberg and her husband, Richard, of Swampscott, Alan Segal and his wife, Debra, of Chelsea, Gloria Sontz of Cumberland, RI, Marjorie Varshawsky of Sacramento, CA, Myra Schnepp and her husband, Bob, of E. Longmeadow, Max Sontz and his wife, Cheryl, of Peabody and Michael Kramer of Swampscott; loving brother of Harold Segal of Framingham, Sumner Segal of Delray Beach, FL and the late Edward Segal; dear grandfather of Julie Lucas and her husband, Tom, Kyndra Sontz, Kimberly, Andrea and David Segal, Erin and Jessica Schnepp, Gillian and Elijah Sontz, Elana and Devan Varshawsky and great grandfather of Kyle and Dylan Lucas, whom he adored.

Burial was at Congregation Shirat Hayam Cemetery (Temple Beth El Section) in Peabody. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be donated to Congregation Shirat Hayam, 55 Atlantic Ave, Swampscott, MA 01907 or to the American Heart Association , 20 Speen St, Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements were by the Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapels


David Zuravel

Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea


David Zuravel of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on February 26.

He was the beloved husband of the late Shirley (Rubenstein) Zuravel; devoted father of Hal A. Zuravel and his wife, Patricia, and Jeffrey J. Zuravel; loving grandfather of Mark Zuravel.

Funeral arrangements were by the Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Burial was in Everett. Donations in his memory may be made to the Leonard Florence Center for Living, 165 Captains Row, Chelsea, MA 02150. For online guestbook please visit the funeral home website:


Minna Smith

Of Salem, formerly of Chelsea


Minna (Siegel) Smith of Salem, formerly of Chelsea, Nahant and Marblehead, died on February 2.

She was the beloved wife of the late Nathan J. Smith; devoted companion of Charles Katsoulakos of Marblehead; sister-in-law of Libby Ruby of Boston and the late Dr. Norman Ruby; aunt of Dr. Stephen Ruby and Atty. Mark Ruby.

Graveside services were held at Congregation Shirat Hayam Cemetery, (Temple Israel Section) Peabody. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in her memory may be donated to the charity of your choice. Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel 1-800-842-4280


George Marotta

Chelsea resident


George Marotta of Chelsea died on February 23.

He was the devoted husband of the late Adeline (Santarpio); beloved father of Camille Favreau of Abington and Richard Marotta, Sr. and his friend, Donna Paolino, of Waltham; brother of the late Helen Swiston, Carmella Marquis, Anthony, John and Armando Marotta; cherished grandfather of Elizabeth Holbrook and her husband, Kevin, of Mansfield, Richard Marotta, Jr. and his fiancée, Paige Kenrick, of Wakefield and Mathew Marotta and his wife, Nicole, of Revere. He is also lovingly survived by three great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.


Marion Moss

Of Stoneham, formerly of Everett


Marion K. (Kevorkian) Moss of Stoneham, formerly of Everett, died on February 22. She was 92 years old.

She was a US Navy (WAVES) veteran of the World War II era.

She was the wife of the late Alfred T. Moss; beloved mother of Alfred T. Moss Jr. and his wife, Mary, of Stoneham and the late Nancy Moss and Cynthia Kane; mother-in-law of Owen Kane of Saugus. and is also lovingly survived by four grandchildren, Gregory Moss and his wife, Kelly, of New Hampshire, Jessica Moss of Cambridge, Julia Kane and Jeremy Kane, both of Saugus, and one great-granddaughter, Penelope Moss.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea. Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery in Everett.


Atiat Ahmed Saleem Sabet

Of Chelsea


Atiat Ahmed Saleem Sabet passed away suddenly Wednesday Morning March 2nd in her Chelsea Home.  She was 72 years of age.

Born and raised in Cairo Egypt, she received her education in Egypt and was trained as a registered Nurse.  She worked in Egypt for many years.  Atiat settled in Chelsea in1971 with her family of two daughters and two sons.  In Chelsea she worked for sweetheart paper.  Atiat was a devoted mother and homemaker.

Devoted mother of Nevin Mahmoud and her husband Naser,  Vivian Cuevas and her husband Miguel,  Kazem Sabet and his wife Mounia, Wally Sabet and his wife Kathy.  Former wife of Maged Sabet of Chelsea.  Also survived by 19 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter,  she is further survived by two sisters and two brothers in Egypt.  Her funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home 718 Broadway CHELSEA on Thursday March 3 at 12 noon.  Services will conclude with Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.  Funeral Home fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit


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