Obituaries 03-10-2011

Mark Moschella

Chief Investigator Mass. Dept. of Industrial Accidents, Chelsea activist and hockey official

Mark E. Moschella of Saugus, formerly of Chelsea, died unexpectedly on March 7. He was 48 years old.

A graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1980, he was born in Everett and was a resident of Saugus for less then a year. Working for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents for the last 25 years, he presently held the position of Chief Investigator.

His involvement in the City of Chelsea was two-fold, as a young man he worked for Mayor Joel Pressman in the Mayors Office and later for the Building Department and was a member of the City of Chelsea Planning Board.

But as we all know, his passion was hockey. He was the Commissioner of the Chelsea Youth Hockey, Head Coach of the Chelsea High School Hockey Team and coach for the Revere Youth Hockey. His determination, quiet presence and friendship will be sorely missed by all those who ever had the opportunity to meet him.

He was the devoted husband of Karen (Saggese); beloved father of Mark Anthony Moschella and Brianna Moschella, both of Saugus; loving son of Christine (Puopolo) Peluso and her husband, Theodore, and the late Robert F. Moschella, Sr.; dear brother of Robert F. Moschella, Jr. and his wife, Kathleen, of Billerica, Scott Moschella and his wife, Marilyn, of Chelsea and Bryan Moschella and his wife, Leslie, of Saugus. He is also lovingly survived by his grandson, Michael Anthony Moschella, his brothers-in-law, Charles and Gary Saggese, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend his Funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Saturday, March 12 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass celebrated in Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols Street, Chelsea at 10:30 a.m. Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home will be Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. Expressions of sympathy in his name may be made to the Mark E. Moschella Memorial Fund, Chelsea Employees Federal Credit Union, 500 Broadway, Room 205, Chelsea, MA 02150.

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Emma Rybinski

Of Newburyport, formerly of Chelsea

Emma V. (Dembroski) Rybinski of Newburyport, formerly of Chelsea and New Hampshire, died on March 1 at the Country Rehab & Nursing Center in Newburyport . She was 99 years old.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, she came to Chelsea as an infant, attended Chelsea Schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. She was a retired employee of Diamond International, a retail building materials company of Malden.

She was the wife of the late Chester R. Rybinski; dear mother of Chester D. Rybinski and his wife, Ann, of Punta Gorda, FL, formerly of New Hampshire.

Funeral services were conducted at the graveside in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Arrangements were entrusted to the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea.

Socrates ‘Socky’ Galatis

Retired Truck Driver, member of many organizations

Socrates K. “Socky” Galatis, a retired truck driver, died Sunday, March 6 at the Kindred Hospital in Peabody after a brief illness.  He was 83 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, the loving son of the late Costadinos and Theodula (Stavropoulos) Galatis, he attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1945.  He enlisted in the US Army during World War II and was honorably discharged.   He returned to Chelsea, married Ellen Godfrey in 1951 and together they raised two sons.

“Socky” worked for many years as a Warehouseman for Sears & Roebuck at the “Landmark Building” in Kenmore Square, Boston,  he later went on to work as a Truck Driver, delivering for Commonwealth Bakery, and Holiday Brand Meats “Old Neighborhood” provisions in Lynn. He retired 20 years ago.

He was a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the Aleppo Temple, Star of Bethlehem Lodge A.F. & A.M. and a life member of the former St. Andrews BBC, Chelsea.  He was a longtime member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of New England in Boston.

He was the beloved husband of 59 years of Ellen D. (Godfrey) Galatis of Chelsea; devoted father of James and Charles Galatis, both of Chelsea; dear brother of Kanela “Kay” Murphy of Revere, Nicholas K. Galatis of Gloucester, John K. Galatis of Revere and the late Basil K. “Bill” Galatis; cherished great uncle of Shamus Murphy of Wilmington and is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted by the V. Rev. Fr. Cleopas Strongylis at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home. 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, March 11 at 10 a.m.  Services will conclude with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  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.    To send expressions of sympathy or for directions, please visit Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom St., Boston MA 02114.

Kenneth Pappalardo

Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea

Kenneth Pappalardo of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died unexpectedly on March 3.

He was the cherished son of the late Anthony and Beverly (McAleer) Pappalardo; loving brother of Nanci Pappalardo and her husband, Ron Giordana of Revere, Kim Pappalardo of Chelsea, Leanne Pappalardo of Revere  and the late Anthony Pappalardo; adored uncle of Jaclyn Giordano and Amanda Pappalardo.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of his life in the Chapel of the Resurrection in Vazza’s’ “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, today,Thursday, from 4 to 6 p.m. Burial was private. For directions and guestbook:

Egidio Cocchiara

Chelsea resident

Egidio M. Cocchiara of Chelsea, formerly of Waltham, died on March 3. He was 100 years old.

He was the beloved husband of the late Madeline (Chiacchio) Cocchiara; loving father of Charlene Ferrone and her husband, Robert, of Waltham; dear brother of the late Rose Tosto, Mario Cocchiara, Jean Cunningham and Caesar Cocchiara; cherished grandfather of Shelley Davis and Lauren Ferrone. He is also survived by four great grandchildren.

Private services with military honors were held at Newton Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to the Dana Farber Cancer Research Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th flr, Brookline, MA 02445-7226 or The Brasco and Sons Memorial of Waltham assisted the Cocchiara Family with arrangements. For additional information, please visit

David Zuravel

Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea

David Zuravel of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on February 26 at the Leonard Florence Center for Living. He was 98 years old.

Born in Russia, he resided in Chelsea for 66 years and in Revere for 23 years. He attended the Chelsea Schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. He was a retired employee of the Chelsea School Department and a retired employee of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority. He was also the retired owner of Ace Cab Company, Cary Square, Chelsea and was employed by many other taxi cab companies.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was a former member of the Shurtleff Street Shule and a former member of the Cary Square Club. He was an avid fisherman and an exceptional athlete at baseball, speed skating, water skiing, swimming, diving, boating and loved the outdoors. He was a devoted family man and enjoyed having a cold beer or a glass of scotch.

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

Services were held at the Torf Funeral Chapel, 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,

Sylvia Polonsky

Chelsea resident

Sylvia (Pearlson) Polonsky of Chelsea, formerly of Malden, died on March 6. She was 86 years old.

She was the devoted wife of the late Saul Polonsky; beloved mother of Rabbi Lester Polonsky, Andrew Polonsky and Nancy Polonsky; cherished grandmother of six grandchildren: Seth, Rena, Jonah, and Daniel Polonsky and Samuel and Rose Karshis.

Services were held at Temple Tifereth Israel, Malden. Burial was in Peabody. Condolence calls may be made at Temple Tifereth Israel today,Thursday, from 3 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be donated to Temple Tifereth Israel, Hadassah of Dr. Matthew Shwartz Hospice, 165 Captains Row, Chelsea, MA. 02150. For online condolences go to:

William Montgomery Sr.

Retired Book Binder

William L. Montgomery Sr. of Malden, formerly of Chelsea, a retired Book Binder, died in his Malden Home early Thursday morning March 3.  He was 72 years old.

He grew up in Chelsea, son of the late Lester W. and Dorothy (Lawson) Montgomery, attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School.  He married Dorothy Fagone and together they raised two children.

Mr. Montgomery worked for 49 years at Daniels Printing as a machine operator and book binder.  He retired in 2005. A resident of Malden for the past 43 years, he was a member of the PPC in Chelsea.

He was the beloved husband of 48 years to Dorothy (Fagone) Montgomery of Malden; devoted father of William L. Montgomery Jr., and his wife, Stella, of Malden and Dorothy and John DePrato of Peabody; dear brother of Richard and David Montgomery; cherished grandfather of Rebecca, William P. and Sarah Montgomery, William E. and Melissa DePrato and their father, William.

Funeral arrangements were by from the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Sarcoma Foundation of America, 9884 Main St., Damascus MD 20872 To send expressions of sympathy or for directions, please visit

Alfred Garofalo

Retired Firefighter

Alfred A. Garofalo of Everett and Chelsea died on March 4.

A retired Everett Firefighter, he was the beloved husband of the late Eleanor (Ludovico); loving father of Elaine McLaughlin and her husband, Richard, of Wilmington, Paul J. of Portsmouth, NH and Beverly Rose and her husband, John, of Wilmington; loving son of the late Peter and Rose Garofalo; loving brother of Lucy “GeeGee” Politano and the late Vincent, Pasquale and Peter Garofalo and Antoinette MacKay; brother-in-law of Florence Annese, Alice Carroll, Vito Ludovico and Virginia Garofalo and the late Virginia Kirschenbauer, Leslie MacKay, John Politano and Mary Garofalo. He is also survived by two loving grandchildren, Christopher and Timothy Rose and many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett.  Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations  may be made to the Hallmark Hospice, 178 Savin St., Malden, MA 02148.

Ida Bluestein

Longtime employee of former Max’s Delicatessen

Ida M. (Martin) Bluestein of Danvers, retired restaurant proprietor and former Chelsea resident, died on March 4 at Ledgewood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Beverly. She was 101 years old.

Born and raised in Salem, the daughter of the late Clifford and Adeline (Prouty) Martin, she was educated in the Salem School System and was a Chelsea resident for most of her life. She lived in Hallandale, Florida for 25 years before moving to Danvers in May of 2002. Mrs. Bluestein was employed for more than 20 years at the former Max’s Delicatessen in Chelsea.

She is survived by her daughter and son in law, Miriam and Paul Nee of Danvers; 10 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren, her daughter in law, Marion Darcy of Chelsea and her sister in law, Gertrude Martin of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She was also the mother and mother in law of the late Chester and Marion Darcy and sister of the late Clifford, William, Henry, Edward and Pete Martin.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, Danvers. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Expressions of sympathy may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham MA 1701 or to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH, 45250.

Francis Vasile

US Postal Service Retiree, veteran of two wars

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 years.

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

His Funeral was held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, Revere, In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Chelsea Soldiers Home 91 Crest Ave, Chelsea, MA 02150. For guestbook please visit

Vincent Dyer

Maine resident

Vincent Dyer of North Berwick, Maine died recently. He was 49 years old.

He was the son of Phillip and Alice Dyer, brother of Paul, Freddy, Phillip, Marty and Sister Aimee.

A Memorial Mass was held in St. Luke’s Church, Chelsea, followed by a Memorial Gathering in the parish hall.

Robert Bobricki

Worked at MIT

Robert J. Bobricki of River Road, Winthrop died at the Massachusetts General Hospital on March 7 after a brief illness. He was 68 years old.

Born in Boston, he was the beloved son of the late Irene (Kwiatkowska) and Joseph Bobricki. He resided in Chelsea for several years before moving to Winthrop 55 years ago. He attended Chelsea schools and then graduated from Winthrop High School. He enlisted in the US Army where he served as a medic during the Vietnam War. He went on to work for MIT as a lab associate and was also a member of the Beachmont VFW.

He was the dear brother of Elaine Carey and her husband, John, of Winthrop, Barbara Mank and her husband, Richard, of Uxbridge and Joan Bobrycki of Winthrop; the cherished uncle of Kenneth, Patrice, Carole, Steven, Richard, Maryann, Jeffrey, Paul and the late John.

His funeral will be conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home on Saturday, March 12 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church, Revere at 11 a.m. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation on Friday, March 11 from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will follow the Mass in Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Viking Pride Foundation, PO Box 37, Winthrop MA 02152.

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