Obituaries 04-14-2011

Anne Mazer

Chelsea resident

Anne (Shapiro) Mazer of Chelsea, born August 17, 1919, died April 4, 2011 surrounded by those who loved her dearly.  She was 91 years young.

A vital, active young mind trapped in a frail, failing body, she was the daughter of Minnie and Joseph Shapiro, whom she never stopped missing; the beloved wife of the late Abraham Mazer, who she missed these past 22 years; the beloved and devoted mother of Sheila and Karen, and mother-in-law of Joel; the cherished grandmother of Samara; the best friend of nephew and niece, MIchael and Laura, and beloved Auntie Anne of Sarah and Holly.  She was to become a great grandmother in a few weeks, an event that brought her much joy just to think about.

She often described herself as having no other ambition than caring for her family.  And that she did with grace, humor, dedication, loving kindness, patience and wisdom.  This was her life’s work, and she succeeded greatly.  This care extended beyond the family and included all who came into her world, friends, workmen, doctors, dentists, cab drivers, caretakers and waitpeople.

She didn’t travel much..afraid of planes !..but loved to drive her “golden cadillac”..the last gift from her beloved husband.  For her, that was travel enough.  Exotic foods didn’t interest her…salt was too spicy !  Yet, she loved to go out to eat.  “If I don’t have to cook it, it tastes great!”   In the weeks before her death, she had ventured to eat and love pizza !

She had a flair about her.  Astrologically, she was a proud Leo!  That seemed to give her an excuse.  She wasn’t shy about her taste in clothes…leaned toward leopard prints…

She loved to read until her eyes began to fail.  Come 3 p.m. the television went on the Dr.  Phil show..  she called him,” Dr Killum” and then on to Judge Judy.  She really didn’t understand why people would go on these shows and air their “dirty laundry”.  But, she loved them and said that she learned a lot about the law and the “going ons” of people.

She touched many lives with her humor, outspoken purveyor of Jewish wisdom, phrases and opinions of how the world ought to work. I hope that she knew or knows how much she was loved by so many.

She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. There is a rent in the fabric of the world. Yet her memory, wisdom and love lives on within her remaining family and will be passed on to her great grandaugher.

She was and still is unique.  One of a kind.  She is deeply  loved and cherished.

She donated regularly to charities.  If you wish to honor her memory, please donate in her name to the charity of your choice. For additional information, please contact:  [email protected].

Dorothy Latronica

Former Proprietor of Garden State Florist

Dorothy M. (Bann) Latronica of Chelsea and West New York, NJ, died on April 12 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home. She was 97 years old.

Born in Guttenberg, NJ, she was the former proprietor of Garden State Florist, West New York, NJ, the beloved wife of the late Frank C. Latronica; dear and devoted mother of Kathleen D. Hansen and her husband, Ronald, of Chelsea; loving grandmother of Mark Hansen and his fiancé, Stephanie Keeler, and Philip Hansen and his fiancé, Alyson Sullivan.  She was the sister of 10 late siblings.

Kathy, Ron and family would like to especially thank the aids, staff and personnel of the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home for all the kindnesses and compassionate care their mother received while in residence there.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours in the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home,  65 Clark St. (Corner of Main St.) Everett today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. A Funeral Mass with burial services will take place in Fort Lee, NJ.  Memorial contributions to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home,  17 Lafayette Avenue, Chelsea, MA 02150,  would be sincerely appreciated.

Marguerite ‘Maggi’ Veader-McHale

Bedford resident

Marguerite J. “Maggi” Veader-McHale of Bedford, formerly of Massachusetts and Florida, died on April 10. She was 87 years old.

A US Coast Guard veteran of World War II, she was a  member of the DAV and American Legion and an affiliate of the Gulf Coast Museum of Art and the Largo Library Foundation.

She was the former wife of Roman S. Bogus of Chelsea; beloved mother of Lisa M. Santarpio of Lynnfield, Deborah A. Brems and her husband, Frederick, of Saugus, Bryan X. Bogus of New Hampshire and the late Eric N. McHale; sister of the late Francis Veader and Charles Veader; daughter of the late Perry L. and Mary (McHale) Veader and is also lovingly survived by six grandchildren, Alycia Santarpio, Eric N. McHale Jr., Jake McHale, Francis McHale, Melissa Brown and Clayton Bogus; three great-grandchildren and nine nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service was conducted in the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Volunteer Services on 4B. Bedford VA Hospital, 200 Springs Rd., Bedford, MA 01730.

Bernice Person-Abbott

Of Malden, formerly of Chelsea

Bernice Person-Abbott of Malden, formerly of Chelsea, died on April 8.

She was the devoted wife of the late Herbert J. Person, Sr. and Kenneth Abbott; beloved mother of Eileen Quirk and her husband, Richard, Pauline Gustafsen and her husband, Roland, James Person and his wife, Karen, Barbara Loveridge and her husband, James, John Person and his wife, Janet, Linda Berg and her husband, Erik, Catherine Bendell and her husband, Robert, Michael Person and his late wife, Nichole, Carol Merletti and her husband, Ronald, Donna Pagliccia, Charles Person and the late Herbert J. Person, Jr., Frederick Person and step-mother of Richard Abbott; loving sister of Gloria Hughgill and her husband, Raymond, and Lydia Champney; cherished grandmother of 21, great grandmother of six with one due in July. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Carroll Funeral Home, Malden. Burial was at Forestdale Cemetery, Malden. Expressions of sympathy in may be made to the Perkins School for the Blind, 175 N. Beacon St., Watertown, MA 02472 or to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445. Carroll Funeral Home 781-322-6322

Bella Weisberg

Of North Andover, formerly of Lynn


Bella (Shultz) Weisberg of N. Andover, formerly of Marblehead and Lynn, died on April 12.

She will be loved and honored everyday by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and extended family and friends. She touched many with her love and goodness.

She was the beloved wife of the late Philip Weisberg; devoted mother of Sandra A. Stern and the late Dr. Barry Stern and Nancy E. Bagnall and her husband, Dr. Kevin Bagnall; loving daughter of the late Joseph and Jennie (Solomon) Shultz; dear sister of the late Morris Shultz and his wife, Rose; loving grandmother of Julie (Stern) Widi and her husband, David, Joshua Stern and his wife, Carla, Jaime Stern, Matthew Bagnall and Daniel Bagnall and is also survived by two great-grandchildren: Jianna and Brayden Widi.

Graveside services will be held at Sharon Memorial Park, Canton St., Sharon today, Thursday, April 14 at 10:45 a.m. Memorial Observance will be held immediately following at the residence of Nancy Bagnall through the weekend.. For online guestbook and directions, please visit the funeral home website at:

Harold ‘Harry’ German

Pharmacist and Chelsea Civic Leader

Harold “Harry” German, a life long resident of Chelsea, died on Wednesday, April 6.

He attended Chelsea Schools, graduated from Mass. College of Pharmacy in 1944 and operated a pharmacy in East Boston with his late brother, Sidney, for many years. He was a member of the Orange Street Shule, Chelsea Planning Board, Chelsea Schopl Committee, a City of Chelsea Alderman and was active in many civic organizations in Chelsea.

The beloved son of the late Samuel and Etta (Zimmerman) German, he was the dear brother of the late Sidney German and Betty Heitin; loving uncle of Leonard Heitin and Sybil Heitin Cramer and the great uncle of Michael Cramer, Ellen MacMullen, Felcia LaFauci and Samuel Heitin.

Graveside Services were held at the Liberty Progressive Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to  Congregation Agudas Achim-ezrath Israel, 245 Bryant Street, Malden, MA 02148. For on-line guest book, please visit

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