Obituaries 04-07-2011

Louis Colombo

Of Florida, formerly of Chelsea

Louis Colombo of Naples, FL, formerly of Chelsea, died on March 27. He was 59 years old.

He served in the US Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War and the recipient of a National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal.

He was the son of the late Guy Anthony Colombo and Anita and Angelo Boccuzzi; father of Erica Colombo of Boston, brother of Mareann (George) Kaddaras of Wakefield, the late Anthony (Georgette) Colombo of Melrose, Robert (Meryl) Boccuzzi of Naples, FL, Vito Boccuzzi of Revere, Lucy Lally of Swampscott and Anthony (Annette) Boccuzzi of Peabody; nephew of Madeline Cardinale of New York, uncle of several nieces and nephews in the Boston area, and former husband of Deborah Clayman of Revere and Kathy Colombo of Maine.

A Memorial Service will be held at a future date; notification to follow. Donations in his memory may be made to the Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150.

Erica Lynn Grover

Chelsea resident

Erica Lynn Grover of Chelsea died unexpectedly on Friday afternoon, April 1. She was 28 years old.

Born in Melrose and a resident of Chelsea for most of her life, she worked for a number of years at S&L, Floramo’s and at the Olive Garden in Boston

She was the devoted mother of James P. McKinnon, III; beloved daughter of Linda Grover of Revere and Frederick L. Grover, III of Florida; loving sister of Frederick L. Grover, IV of Revere, Christopher Grover of Somerville and Paul Grover of Florida; cherished granddaughter of Lester Erickson of Florida and Irene Holstine of Chelsea and is also lovingly survived by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend visiting hours in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea today, Thursday, April 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:30 PM. Committal Services will be private. To send a message of condolence to her family please visit

Anne Mazer

Chelsea resident

Anne (Shapiro) Mazer of Chelsea died on April 4.

The beloved wife of the late Abraham Mazer, she was the devoted mother of Sheila Grossman and her husband, Joel, and Karen Mazer; dear sister of the late Sylvia Cohen; loving grandmother of Samara Grossman; loving aunt of Michael Cohen and his wife, Laura, and great-nieces Sarah and Holly.

Funeral arrangements were by the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Burial was in Staro Konstantinov Cemetery, West Roxbury. Contributions in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice. For online guestbook:

Louis Cohen

US Postal Service retiree

Louis Cohen of Chelsea died on April 4. He was 87 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he attended the Chelsea Schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. He was a clerk for the United States Postal Service branch in Bellingham Square, Chelsea.

He was the beloved husband of the late Audrey Cohen; devoted father of Errol Cohen and Alan Cohen.

Graveside services were held at the Mishna Cemetery, Everett. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 9 Riverside Rd., Weston, MA 02493. For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website:

Leslie Herdt

Retired travel agent

Leslie A. Herdt of Chelsea, formerly of Winthrop, died at the Boston Medical Center on March 28. She was 65 years old.

Prior to her retirement, she worked as a travel agent for various travel agencies.

Born in Winthrop, she was the cherished daughter of Dorothy L. (Wood) Herdt and the late Robert G. Herdt of Winthrop; devoted mother of Michelle Lopes of Florida, Robert Lopes of California and Joseph Lopes of Washington; dear sister of Paula F. (Herdt) Wrenn and her husband, Sy, of New Hampshire, R. Peter Herdt and his wife, Janna, of Idaho, and Randall C. Herdt and his wife, Michelle, of Winthrop; adored grandmother of Mason, Jason, Kaeli, and Giovanni Anthony Lopes. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A visiting hour will be held today, April 7, beginning at 12 p.m. at the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop followed by a Funeral Service in the Funeral Home, in conjunction with that of her father, Robert, at 1 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited. For guestbook, go to

Richard Cesareo

Aboard ship that survived World War II

Kamikaze attack

Richard J. Cesareo of East Boston died on April 1.

He served proudly aboard the aircraft carrier USS Randolph during World War II, seeing combat in the pacific including a kamikaze attack on his ship. After the war, he worked for more than 20 years as an MBTA employee. He enjoyed ballroom dancing, Big Band music and spending time with family and friends.

He was the beloved husband of the late Raffella “Ella” (Amato) Cesareo and son of the late Stellario and Vincenza (Triffiletti) Cesareo; beloved father of Richard Cesareo and his wife, Elaine, of Winthrop, Linda Reeves and her husband, Maurice, of Winthrop, Paula Montagano and her husband, Peter, of Wakefield, and Anthony Cesareo and his wife, Melissa, of Hazlet, NJ; loving grandfather of Richard, Joseph, Christopher and Stephanie and cherished great-grandfather of Krystiana. He was the dear brother of Josephine Cesareo of Revere, Anthony Cesareo of Peabody, Eleanor Pupolo and her husband, Frank, of Revere and the late Joan, Leo, Larry, Nancy Cesareo, Katherine Stokes, and Lena Caissie. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from The Kirby-Rapino Memorial Home, 917 Bennington St. (Orient Heights) East Boston today, Thursday, at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10 a.m.  Services will conclude with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be sent to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box, 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.  To leave online condolences please visit

Monica Trapp

Chelsea resident

Monica M. Trapp of Chelsea died on Friday evening, April 1 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. She was 58 years old.

Born in Santiago, Chile, she has lived in Chelsea since June of 1996. For over eight years she was a private childcare provider and for a short time worked in real estate.

She was the devoted mother of Ricardo Lyon Trapp of Pleasantville, New York, Carolina Lyon Trapp of Houston, Texas and Felipe G. Lyon Trapp of Chelsea; beloved daughter of Luz E. Munoz of Villa Alemana, Chile and the late Guillermo F. Trapp; loving sister of Patricia Trapp Munoz of Santa Catalina, Brazil, Francisco Trapp Munoz, Ricardo Trapp Munoz and Marcelo Trapp Munoz, all of Villa Alemana, Chile; cherished grandmother of Vincente, Natalia and Tomas Lyon.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Memorial Service on Friday evening at 7:30 in the Iglesia Cristiana Renacer, 65 Munroe Street, Lynn. To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit

Mary McKenna

Former resident of Chelsea

Mary A. (Milliken) McKenna, formerly of Chelsea and Everett, a resident of Stoughton for the past 50 years, died on April 2 at the Oak Hill Golden Living Center in Middleboro. She was 83 years old.

She was the beloved wife of the late John L. McKenna, Jr. and is survived by her daughter, Janice McKenna, of Stoughton and her son John L. McKenna, III and his wife, Sally McKenna, of Middleboro. Other survivors include her grandchildren, Carl McKenna, Sarah McKenna and Jack McKenna. She was also a sister of the late Doris DeMattia and Thomas Milliken.

Funeral arrangements are by the Sheehan Funeral Home, Stoughton. Burial will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Stoughton. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation @ To send on-line condolences,pleasevisit

Simone ‘Sonny’ Grato

US Postal Service retiree

Simone J. “Sonny” Grato of East Boston died on March 30.

A US Air Force veteran and a US Postal Service retiree, he was the beloved son of the late Antonio and Julia (Kozlowski) Grato; loving husband of Gladys “Tootsie” (Armstrong) Grato; loving father of Ellen, Barbara, Patricia, Simone, and Robert Mellone of East Boston, Anthony and his wife, Karol, of Falmouth, Charles of Weymouth, and Danielle and her husband, Richard Schell, of Chelsea; cherished grandfather of Robyn, Jonathan, Michael, Anthony Jr., Gabrielle, Brandon, and the late Robert Jr.; great-grandfather of Kayla and Koshin. He is also survived by many brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews.

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

Antoinette ‘Toni’ Cea

Active in Several Organizations

Antoinette “Toni” (Uva) Cea of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on April 2. She was 88 years old.

She joined the Winthrop Ladies Lodge of the Sons of Italy in 1978 and held many offices before serving as Lodge president. She was elected and served on the State OSIA Benefit Insurance Commission as secretary for a number of years. She presently holds the office of immediate Past President to the Winthrop Ladies Lodge 2071. “Toni” was a longstanding member of St. John’s Womens’ Catholic Club for many years.

She was the beloved wife of the late Paul P. Cea with whom she shared 63 years of marriage; loving mother of Nancy Cea of Saugus, Maria Cea Lentine and her husband, Mark, of Methuen, and Paula Corkhum and her husband, Philip, of Chelsea; dear sister of the late Angelina Pisano and Stanley Uva; cherished grandmother of Kristine Marie of Saugus, Kimberly Ann of Winchester, Tanya Thorpe of Amsbury, and Michael Rotigliano of Salem, and great-grandchildren, Victoria Thorpe and Tanya Thorpe of Amesbury, and Addison Rotigliano of Salem. She was the cherished daughter of the late Rocco and Nunziata (Vitale) Uva, former proprietors of Rocco and Nunziata’s grocery and cold cut store for over 60 years, on Cottage Street in East Boston.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was in the Uva Family Mausoleum, Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Memorial donations may be made in “Toni’s” name to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, ATT Tribute Gifts, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008-0780. For guest book:

Leonard Ross

Of Peabody, formerly of Chelsea

Leonard Ross of Peabody, formerly of Chelsea and Stoneham, died on March 31. He was 80 years old.

He was the beloved husband of Arlene (Halperin) Ross; devoted father of Neil Ross and his wife, Alicia, of Peabody and Karen Rivers of Florida; cherished grandfather of Angela, Justin, Caitlin, and Stephanie and great-grandfather of Emma and Jacob.

Graveside Services were held at Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon. In lieu of flowers, memorial expressions of sympathy may be made to the Shriners Burn Institute of Boston, 51 Blossom St. Boston MA 02114. Arrangements were by Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel 781-581-2300

Anna Rose DeCain

Retired Registered Nurse

Anna Rose DeCain, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died on April 1 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home. She was 98 years old.

Ms. DeCain retired as a Registered Nurse from the Massachusetts Eye an Ear Infirmary in Boston.

She was born in Somerville, the daughter of the late William M. and Laura (Zarlli) DeCain; dear sister of William M. DeCain and his wife, Paula, of Revere, Bernice L. Hudson of Chelsea, Laura B. Smith and her husband, Gene, of Chelsea nd the late Dante, Frederick and Vincent DeCain; sister in law of Josephine, Edna and the late Lewis G. “Butch” Hudson and Mary DeCain. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Private funeral services were entrusted to the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals. Burial was in the family lot at Woodlawn Cemetery n Everett. Memorial donations may be made to the Our Lady of Grace Church Maintenance Fund, 59 Nichols st., Chelsea, MA 02150.

Earl Reddick

Touraine Paint retiree

Earl D. Reddick of Swampscott, formerly of Lynn and Chelsea, died on March 31 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers after a short illness. He was 85 years old.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was a graduate of Chelsea schools and a dedicated employee of Touraine paints in Everett, retiring after 40 years of service. He was a member of the Cary Square Associates, a former member of the Bellingham Bowling League and a member of the Swampscott Senior Citizens.

The beloved husband of Myrtle B. (Smith) Reddick, he was the devoted father of Gail Benton and her husband, Michael, of Swampsctt and Robert Reddick and his wife, Kimberly ,of Lynn; dear brother of Flora Hall and her husband, Richard, of Eastham, Beverly Ege and her husband, James, of Revere and the late Evelyn Corbett and Wiliam W. Reddick. He is also lovingly survived by seven granchilren, Jill, Adam, Lindsey, Aaron, Caleb, Evan and Daniel.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea. Burial was in the Mass. National Cemetery in Bourne. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Carmen Crespo

Worked at Sweetheart Paper and Smithcraft

Carmen Crespo died at her Chelsea home after a courageous 13 month battle with colon cancer on March 31. She was 56 years old.

Born in Fajardo, Puerto, she lived in Chelsea for 38 years and worked as an assembler at both Sweetheart Paper and Smithcraft.

She was the devoted wife of Jose Vaga; beloved mother of Milagros Vega and Jose Vega, Jr, both of Lynn, Carmen Vega of Chelsea and Yolanda Vega of Lynn; sister of Domingo Crespo of Chelsea, Tereza Crespo of Florida, Dominga Crespo of Chelsea, Andres Crespo of Lynn and Josefina Crespo, Ernesto Crespo and Fano Crespo, all of Puerto Rico. She was the cherished grandmother of Cynthia and German Bonilla, Yailene Rodas, Mathew Henao and Jose A. Vega.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit

Neal Harvey Young

Member of JWV and Walnut Avenue Synagogue

Neal Harvey Young, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died on March 29. He was 67 years old.

He attended the Chelsea schools, was a graduate of  Chelsea High School, a US Army Vietnam Veteran and a proud member of the Jewish War Veterans Prince-Strauss/Gorman Post 161 in Revere.  He was also a member of Walnut Street Synagogue.  He enjoyed traveling and visited numerous countries during his life.

The loving son of Norman and Sarah Young, he was the dear brother of Sheldon Young, Elaine Young, Carol Bell and her husband John, Sandra Padulsky and her husband Morton, Carl Young and his companion, Nancy Dyer, Barbara Nair and her husband, Howard, Jordan Young, and the late Norton Young.  He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Burial was in Everett.  Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 330 Congress St., 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02210; The Kidney Foundation, 11 Vanderbilt Ave., Norwood, MA  02062 or to a charity of your choice.  For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website,

Rita Livingston

Portia Law School graduate

Rita S. (Covitz) Livingston of Swampscott died on March 29.

A graduate of Portia Law School, Boston, she was the loving wife of the late William M. Livingston; devoted mother of Stephen Goldberg and his wife, Lois, of Marblehead and Myrna Davis and her husband, Barry, of Swampscott; dear sister of the late Esther Bloom and Sally Epstein; cherished grandmother known as “Gram” of Scott Davis, Pamela Davis Richman, Marc Davis and his wife, Jennifer K., Andrea Poritzky and her husband, David, Lauren Goldberg and her fiancé, Jeffrey Schleicher, and the late Stefanie Goldberg; great grandmother known as “GG” to Samantha and Shayna Richman. Jennifer, Jacqueline, and Carly Davis, and Isaac, Natasha and Gabriel Poritzky. She is also survived by her dear friend and caregiver Terry Furnari.

Funeral arrangements were by the Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Burial was in Everett.  Contributions in her memory may be made to Temple B’Nai Israel, 1 Wave Avenue, Revere, MA 02151. For online guestbook please visit the funeral home website

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