Obituaries 05-12-2011

Mary Gandolfo

Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea

Mary M.(McBride) Gandolfo of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on May 10. She was in her 92nd year.

She was the beloved wife of the late Pasquale “Patrick” Gandolfo with whom she shared 52 years of marriage; loving mother of Rosemary Bajdek and her husband, Steven, of Tewksbury, Patricia Kruger and her husband, Jack, of Burlington and the late Alice Gandolfo; dear sister of the late John and William McBride; cherished grandmother of seven, great grandmother of 10 and great great grandmother of 12.

Her Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere on Friday at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere, at 10:30 a.m. Family and friends may visit today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m.  Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For directions and guest book:

Ksawery Latkowski

Fought with Polish Underground

during World War II

Ksawery Latkowski passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening, May 4 at the Chelsea Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center after a short period of declining health.  He was in his 103rd year.

Born in Piaski Lubelskie-Poland, he received his early education as a young boy in Poland furthering his education attending what was known as teacher’s seminary to become a science, chemistry and physics teacher. He also graduated from Polish Military School in 1933.

In 1935, he married Zofia Zaremba. Soon after, at the outbreak of World War II, he joined the Polish Armia Krajowa “AK”, Polish underground resistance fighters from 1939 to 1945 opposing both Nazi and Communist Oppression.  He began as a Platoon Leader and was discharged as an Army Commander.  After the war, he and fellow patriots were forever persecuted for opposing Soviet Communism, this meant being relegated to lesser jobs and poor work positions.

In 1961, he and his wife moved to Chelsea, pursuing and obtaining US Citizenship. He was not able to continue as a teacher so he supported his family taking work as a butcher, a trade he learned from his father in Poland.  He worked for Boston Sausage and Colonial Provision Co. in Boston.

He retired many years ago and enjoyed keeping his modest home in Chelsea, taking walks about town and participating in Polish-American Affairs, joining with former “Combatants-AK” and he was a devoted supporting parishioner of St Stanislaus Church.  This past February, he was predeceased by his beloved wife, Zofia, after sharing 75 years of love and unending devotion.

He was the beloved husband of the late Zofia (Zaremba) Latkowska; devoted father of Izabella Jedwabski and her husband, Taddeus, of Danvers and the late Bart Latkowski; cherished grandfather of Julietta Ferreira of California, Anita Jedwabski, Loretta Jedwabski-Cerbone and her husband, Thomas, all of Danvers and Dominika Latkowska.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Stanislaus Church on May 9. Services concluded with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

John Copello

Retired Lithographer

John P. Copello, a former lithographer, died at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home on May 5.  He was 94 years old.

Born in Chelsea, he was the son of the late Joseph H. and Annie T. (O’Connor) Copello. He attended local schools and shortly after graduating from high school he enlisted in the US Army and served during World War II. After being honorably discharged, he married Clarice (Howe) and together they raised their family in Chelsea.

Mr. Copello worked for 29 years as a lithographer and plate setter for Forbes Lithograph in Chelsea until the company went out of business. He later worked for 10 years at Metropolitan Printing located in Everett. He was a member of the Graphic Communications International Union and the Amalgamated Lithographers of America.

He was the beloved husband of 65 years to Clarice (Howe) Copello of Chelsea; devoted father of Helen Fahey and her husband, George, of Saugus, Anna Marie Breen of Lynn, Joanne Ely and her husband, Larry, of Everett, Paula MacDonald and Reynold Difilippo of Revere, Patricia Muse and her husband, Larry, of Maine and the late Catherine Ippolito and John P. Copello Jr.; loving father in law of John Ippolito of California; dear brother of Ernie Copello of Chelsea, Eileen Farreau of Billerica, the late Arthur, Chester, Francis, Florence and Eleanor Copello, Sarah Melisi, Helen Nelson, Rose Scanell and Margie Farreau. He is also survived by 22 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren and one great grandchild.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Michael the Archangel Chapel at Chelsea Soldiers Home. Services concluded with full Military Honors and burial in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Foundation, 17 Lafayette Ave. Chelsea, MA 02150. Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Michael Smith Sr.

Retired Meat Cutter

Michael J. Smith, Sr. of Chelsea died on April 29. He was 77 years old.

A lifelong resident of Chelsea, Mr. Smith passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where he was transferred to receive care and comfort in his remaining days. Healthy until the last few years, his illness became overwhelming at the end of January of this year, remaining at Massachusetts General Hospital for over 65 days until taking residence at the Chelsea Soldiers Home less then three weeks ago.

He was a US Marine Corps veteran of the Korean Conflict, a 25 year employee of Mal’s Supermarket in Malden and a member of St. Andrews BBC.

A meat cutter all his life, he began training at the Brookfield Market on Broadway, Chelsea under the guidance of Phil Mullett, then up to Bellingham Square and the City Hall Market. For over 25 years, until the store was closed and sold to Stop & Shop, he worked for Mal’s Supermarket in Malden. In his retirement years, he could be found as a fixture greeting guests at the family’s funeral home in Chelsea and later at the Carroll Funeral Home in Malden.

He was the devoted husband for 53 years to the late Catherine T. (Ryan) Smith; cherished son of Josephine Smith of Chelsea and the late Michael G. Smith; beloved father of Michael J. Smith, Jr. and his wife, Susan, of Saugus and Kim Ann Clifford and her husband, James, of Melrose; loving grandfather of Ryan and Matthew Smith of Saugus and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

His Funeral Mass was celebrated in Our Lady of Grace Church, Chelsea on May 5. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. To send a message of condolence to his family, please visit

Stephen ‘Woody’ Woodward

Man with many interests

Stephen A. “Woody” Woodward of Chelsea, born September 11, 1955 died from an accidental fall on May 1, 2011.

A graduate of Hamilton College, he worked for a number of law and financial institutions. His most recent employment was as a tax preparer at H & R Block in Central Square, Cambridge.

An avid reader, he had a large collection of books pertaining to many varied subjects especially historical records, charts and tradesmen manuals. He amazed his friends and family members with his breadth of knowledge and passion of interest. A stalwart believer in historical preservation, his greatest pastime was restoring and sailing his 41 foot wooden yacht “Heart’s Desire” in and around the Boston Harbor and its islands.

He was the beloved companion of the late Regina “Gina” Boyland and the brother of Ellen W. Reinhard of Raleigh, NC, Tom A. Woodward of Norfolk, MA, and Laura W. Cavers of Darien, CT. His parents were the late Louis “Ted” and Ann D. Woodward of Wellesley. He is survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and nieces and nephews in the New England area, North Carolina, Seattle, WA, and Alaska.

A memorial service will be announced to family and close friends at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions, in his memory, to the Greater Boston Food Bank, 99 Atkinson Street, Boston, MA 02118,

Joan Ostergard

Chelsea resident

Joan C. Ostergard, a lifelong Chelsea resident,  passed away on Wednesday, May 4 at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston following a sudden and unexpected illness.  She was 74 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the beloved daughter of the late Chester and Carolyn Ostergard. She attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. She raised her family here and worked outside of her home to support her family.  During the late 1970s she was a cafeteria worker at Chelsea High School and retired because of work related injuries.  An extremely content homebody, she enjoyed home arts and crafts as her pastimes.

She was the beloved mother of Pat Walsh and Michael Walsh, both of Revere, and Catherine Page of Somerville; loving daughter of the late Chester and Carolyn Ostergard; dear sister of Debbie Bednarek of Chelsea, Barbara Breault of Brockton, Patricia Harkins of Chelsea, Chet Ostergard of Panama City, FL, Robert Ostergard of Revere, the late Anne Noseworthy, Helen Thomas and Ronald Ostergard; cherished grandmother of Brian Walsh of Revere, Breanna Walsh of Mystic CT and Karen Walsh of Malden.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Rose Church on May 10. Services concluded with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Arnold Edelstein

US Postal Service Clerk

Arnold Edelstein of Winthrop, formerly of Chelsea, died on May 4 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He was 94 years old.

A resident of Winthrop for 57 years, he was born and raised in Chelsea, attended the Chelsea School System and was a Chelsea High School graduate, Class of 1934 and a graduate of Louisiana State University, Class of 1941. He was a postal clerk at the South Postal Annex and a proud US Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the American Legion Post in Winthrop, a very avid fan of all Boston sports teams and an avid gardener and green thumb.

He was the beloved husband of the late Leatrice Edelstein; the devoted father of J. David Edelstein and his fiancé, Lynn Bruno, Stephen Edelstein and his partner, Joyce Atkinson, and Joel Edelstein and his wife, Lori Rosenberg; the dear brother of Selma Sherman, the late Irving (Memo) Edelstein and the late Charlotte Gantman. He was also the loving grandfather of AJ, James, Jaclyn, Sophie, Lucy and Tamerat George.

Funeral arrangements were by Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Burial was in Lynn. Donations in his memory may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Attn: Donor Services PO Box 650309 Dallas, TX 75265-0309 or to Wide Horizons for Children, 38 Edge Hill Rd. Waltham, MA 02451 For online guestbook please visit the funeral home website:

Stella Calo

Member of Anthonian Club

Stella T (Maciejewska) Calo of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died in Florida on May 3.

A member of the Anthonian Club and a former resident of Friendly Gardens, she was the beloved wife of the late Albert; devoted mother of the late Janet Ann Werrline and Paul Calo; beloved daughter of the late Zygmont and Anna ( Krawczyk) Maciejewska; loving grandmother of Kenneth Merritt, Mark Merritt, Michele Belasco and Michael Merritt.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery:

William Wilburn

Truck Driver and 5-2 Club member

William F. Wilburn, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died on January 13 after a short illness. He was 62 years old.

A truck driver affiliated with Local 25, he was also a member of the 5-2 Club.

He was the devoted husband of Karen (Donnelly); step-father of Kerry Donnelly of Nashua, NH; brother of Lawrence Wilburn of Thornton, NH and Richard Wilburn of Chelsea; grandfather of Jordan Donnelly, Taylor and Vanessa Cahill.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend his Funeral Service on Friday, May 13 at 11 a.m. in the Woodlawn Cemetery Chapel, 302 Elm Street, Everett. To send a message of condolence to his family, please visit

Benjamin Shuman

Chelsea resident

Benjamin “Benny” Shuman of Chelsea died on May 9.

He was the beloved husband of the late Annette (Meyers) Shuman; devoted father of Maureen Bach and her husband, Gary, of Westborough and Jeffrey Shuman of Bellingham; dear brother of the late Paul Shuman and Evelyn Lilly; loving grandfather of Rachel and Matthew Shuman; devoted uncle of several nieces and nephews. A special thank you to his nephew, Attorney Earle Lilly of Houston, TX, for his dedication and love, which added years to Mr. Shuman’s life.

Services will be held at the Torf Funeral Chapel, 151 Washington Ave., Cary Sq., Chelsea today, Thursday, May 12 at 12 noon. Burial will be in Everett. Memorial observance will be held at Temple Emmanuel, 60 Tudor St., Chelsea following the burial until 4 p.m. Memorial observance will also be held at the home of Maureen and Gary Bach today, Thursday, from 7 to 9 p.m.; Friday from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday from 7:30 until 10 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon until 8 p.m. Donations in his memory may be made to Temple Emmanuel, 60 Tudor St. Chelsea, MA 02150, Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home Foundation, 17 Lafayette Ave. Chelsea, MA 02150 or to the New Bridge on the Charles, 7000 Great Meadow Rd., Dedham, MA 02026. For directions and online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website:


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