Obituaries 06-02-2011

Edward Leo

Retired Everett High School Principal and former Chelsea High School Football Coach

Edward Leo of South Yarmouth, formerly of Everett, died on May 25 at Massachusetts General Hospital after a brief illness. He was 82 years old.

After graduating from Everett High School, he attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, graduating in 1953. He then served in the US Army and obtained two Masters Degrees in education at Northeastern University. He went on to become a longtime history teacher and football coach at Everett High School. He later became Vice Principal before becoming Everett High School Principal in 1985, serving at that position until he retired in 1993. He also served as the Head Football Coach at Chelsea High School for seven years. An All-Scholastic football player at Everett and a varsity letterman for three years at Cornell, he was a founding and lifetime member of the Everett “E” Club and founder of the Greater Boston League Football Coaches’ Association.

A native and longtime resident of Everett, he was the devoted husband of 52 years of Mamie J. Leo; loving father of Jacqueline Hopkinson of Fremont, New Hampshire, Sandra Leo-Clark of Marstons Mills, and Judy Bongiorno of Winchester; proud grandfather of Jeffrey and Angela Clark and of Juliana and Michael Bongiorno; son of the late Sam and Concetta (Dascoli) Leo; brother of Eleanor Kelly and John Leo and the late Lewis, Frank, and Genarro Leo.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Edward Leo Scholarship Fund, 72 Bacon Street, Winchester, MA 01890.

Francesca Marino

Of Lynnfield, formerly of Chelsea

Francesca (Scimemi) Marino of Lynnfield, formerly of Chelsea, died recently.

She was the beloved wife of the late Antonio Marino; loving mother of Leo Marino and his wife, Linda, of Lynnfield; cherished grandmother of Anthony, Christopher, Andrea and Victoria and is also survived by her loving brothers, Paolo and Salvatore.

A Prayer Service will be held in the Versailles Mausoleum Chapel of Woodlawn Cemetery today, Thursday, at 1:15 p.m. For online condolences, please visit The Rapino Memorial Home 617-567-1380

Richard Belanger

Retired Letter Carrier

Richard E. Belanger of Everett died suddenly at home on May 25. He was 54 years old.

He was raised in Chelsea and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1974.  After graduation, he enlisted in the US Navy and was honorably discharged in 1977.  He was a letter carrier for the US Postal Service at the IMC in Chelsea, retiring in 1999.

Born in Everett, he was the beloved father of Krystal of Everett, Mellisa of Lynn, Michelle of Chelsea, Timothy and Thomas; the son of Richard J. Belanger of Chelsea and the late Mary (McGahan) Belanger; dear brother of John “Jack” Belanger and his wife, Alice, of Everett, Kevin Belanger of Georgia and Diane Androvett of Chelsea; brother-in-law of the late Michael Androvett and is also lovingly survived by two granddaughters, Amelia and Mia.

His Funeral will be held from the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea on Friday, June 3 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Everett-Chelsea line, at 10:30 a.m.  Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend.  Visiting hours are today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden.

Paul Troisi

Retired Electrician

Paul E. Troisi, a retired electrician, died at the Leonard Florence Center for Living on May 29 following a battle with overwhelming illness. He was 85 years old.

Born in Italy, he was the son of the late Pasquale and Maria Troisi. He was raised in Chelsea and attended local schools. After leaving Chelsea High School, he enlisted in the US Army and served during World War II in the 10th Army Air Corps flying missions over Burma and was honorably discharged in 1946. He was licensed electrician and licensed journeyman and worked for many years at Rudolph Electric in Chelsea. He was a lifetime member of the Chelsea Yacht Club and enjoyed fishing and boating.

He was the dear brother of Emilio Troisi of Winthrop, Luisa Mika and Mary Troisi, both of Chelsea, Theresa Ernst of Seattle, WA and the late Anna and Rose Troisi. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

His Funeral Service will be conducted in the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Monday, June 6 at 9 a.m. Services will conclude with burial in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.  Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.  For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Joseph Gulizia

Chelsea Yacht Club and Chelsea Lodge of Elks member and retired Union Construction Laborer

Joseph P. Gulizia, a lifelong Chelsea resident, passed away suddenly in the Whidden Memorial Emergency Dept. early Thursday morning May 26 after being stricken in his home. He was 86 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea he was the beloved son of the late Antonio and Mary (Vilanova) Gulizia.  He attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1943. A US Navy veteran of World War II, he immediately enlisted in the US Navy following high school and served in various theatres on both fronts. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and returned home to Chelsea.

He worked as a Union Construction Laborer for more than 50 years with Local 151.  He married Jennie Bruno in 1950 and together they raised their four daughters in Chelsea. He was a member of the Chelsea Yacht Club, the Chelsea Lodge of Elks.

He was the beloved husband of 61 years to Jennie Grace (Bruno) Gulizia; devoted father of Mary Grace Fusco and her husband, Edward “Ted,” of Winthrop, Ann Welsh and her husband, William “Buddy,” of Revere, Jean Jandrys of Winthrop and Judith Gulizia of Chelsea; dear brother of the late Santo “Sandy” Gulizia, Vincent “Jimmy” Gulizia and John “Abs” Gulizia; cherished grandfather of Jennifer Hoye, Teddy Fusco, Nicole Burke, Michael Welsh, Gregory and Stephanie Jandrys; adored great grandfather of Jimmy, Abigail and Joey Hoye, Mia and Katie Burke and Michael Gino Welsh.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in Our Lady of Grace Church. Services concluded with Full Military Honors and burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of their choice.  To send expressions of sympathy, please visit Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial/Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.


Stanley Bednar Sr.

Refrigeration Repair Specialist

Stanley J. Bednar Sr., a refrigeration repair specialist, died at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett on May 22. He was 81 years old.

Born in Avon, South Dakota, he was the son of the late Frank and Francis (Budde) Bednar. He was raised in South Dakota and attended schools there. After serving in the US Navy, he settled in Chelsea and resided here from 1960 to 1982. He worked as a repair and maintenance man for Tiger Refrigeration in Everett. In 1982, he moved to Illinois and returned to Chelsea in 2007.

He was the beloved husband of the late Barbara (Dunn) Bednar; devoted father of Cindy Welch and her husband, Frank, of Chelsea, Frank Bednar and his wife, Lisa, of Illinois, Kimberly Keithly and her husband, Charles, of Illinois, John Butts Jr. and his wife, Linda, of Haverhill, Henry Butts and his wife, Lisa, of Danvers, Stacy Bednar and Stanley Bednar Jr, both of Haverhill. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren and his pet friend “Scrappy”.

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

Christina Marie Sullivan

Former employee of SCM Transportation

Christina Marie Sullivan, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died on May 28. She was 28 years old.

A former employee of SCM Transportation, she was born in Malden and attended Chelsea schools.

She was the beloved mother of James Hess-Lavoie Jr.; devoted daughter of Steven Sullivan of Wilmington and Jean Harkins of Chelsea; dear sister of Erica Sullivan, Ariana Santiago, Nicholas and Connor Sullivan; loving aunt of James Davis Jr. and is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Son’s-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.

Lillian Tirro

Retired Medical Secretary

Lillian G. (Reid) Tirro, a 63 year resident of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on May 26 following a long and courageous battle with multiple myeloma at the Life Care Center of Stoneham. She was 85 years old.

Born, raised and educated in Chelsea, she moved to Revere 63 years ago when she married Angelo L. Tirro, a commercial artist for the Boston Globe. She worked for many years as a medical secretary for the former New England Life Insurance Company, which was taken over by Met. Life. She retired in 1988. She also worked for the former Forbes Lithograph early in her working career. Both she and her husband enjoyed square and line dancing and were member of local dance clubs.

She was the adored wife of 63 years of Angelo L. Tirro; cherished mother of Robert L. Tirro and his wife, Maureen, of Georgetown and Donna M. Farrell and her husband, Paul F., of Peabody; dear sister of Harold Reid and his wife, Diane, of Saugus, John Reid and his wife, Jean, of Waltham, Phyllis M. Antonelli and her late husband, Rocco J., of Revere, Joseph Reid and his wife, Mary, and Robert Reid, all of Chelsea. She was the devoted grandmother of Lt. Paul F. Farrell, Jr., USN and his wife, Lt. Billie June Farrell, USN of Memphis, TN, Allison M. Farrell of San Francisco, CA, Robert L. Tirro, Jr. of Maine, Ann Stohrer of St. Joseph, MI and Dina and Paula Tirro of Revere. She is also lovingly survived by three great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Revere League for Special Needs, 200 Winthrop Ave., Revere, MA 02151.

Darlton Stofflet

Retired Baker

Darlton J. Stofflet, a retired baker, died at the Milford Regional Medical Center on May 23. He was 81 years old.

Born in Bangor, Pennslyvania, he was the son of the late William and Ellen (Williams) Stofflet. He was raised and attended schools in Pennsylvania. In 1948, he enlisted in the US Navy and served in Europe aboard the U.S.S. Salem during the Korean Conflict. After being honorably discharged in 1952, he began living in Charlestown, where he met his wife Joan M. (Helfrich). They later moved to Chelsea.

In 1998, shortly after the death of his beloved wife, he moved to North Attleboro where he had been residing ever since. He worked as a professional baker for Gilchrist, Jordan Marsh and at other locations.

After his retirement, he began volunteering and later working full time at the Mt. St. Vincent Retirement Community helping the Sisters of Charity. He was also a former member of the American Legion in Plainville.

He was the beloved husband of the late Joan M. (Helfrich) Stofflet; devoted father of William Stofflet Sr. and his wife, Jeanne, of N. Attleboro, Nancy Bailey of Revere, Susan Fetanat and her husband, Alex, of California and Stephen Stofflet of Revere; dear brother of Betty Kuhns of Pennsylvania and the late Marilyn Blake; cherished grandfather of Michael Fetanat, Christine Bailey, Pamela Bailey, Peter Stofflet, David Stofflet, William Stofflet Jr. and Sherry Barstow and adored great grandfather of Alyssa Morales, Dana Shaw, Destiny Shaw, Desiree Shaw, Anthony Miele, Samantha Miele, David Stofflett Jr., Katie and Natasha.

His Funeral Service was conducted in the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home, Chelsea. Services concluded with Full Military Honors and burial in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

John Francis Scott

US Postal Service retiree

John Francis Scott, formerly of Everett, Lynn, Westford, New York and most recently of Chelsea died Thursday, February 3 at the Soldiers Home in Chelsea following a brief illness. He was 92 years old.

He was married to the late Mrs. Anne E. (Moulton) Scott who died in 1967. He was born in Boston on October 16, 1918, the son of the late John F. and Rose (O’Brien) Scott. He was raised in Everett and graduated from Everett High School with the class of 1935. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II, was awarded the Purple Heart and the American Defense Service Medal and was honorably discharged in October of 1945.

Following his service to his country Mr. Scott worked for the U.S. Postal Service in East Boston until his retirement in 1978. He was a former communicant of St. Rose Church in Chelsea and a member of the American Legion.

He is survived by a brother, Zeke Scott, his step-children and their spouses, Joanne Smith of Westford and Francis and Geraldine Parsons of Lynn. He was the step-father-in-law to the late William E. Smith who died in 2006 and was the late husband of Joanne Smith of Westford, step-father of the late George Parsons of Lynn, who died in 2010, Elsie Duchette of Billerica who died in 1995, Carol (Baer) Renteria of Florida who died in 2006, Geraldine Sullivan of Vermont who died in 2009.

A graveside service was held at St. Joseph Cemetery of Lynn. Memorials may be made in his name to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 Arrangements are by Dolan Funeral Home, 978-251-4041. Guestbook at

Darlene Prakop

Of Marshfield, formerly of Chelsea

Darlene A. Prakop of Marshfield, formerly of Chelsea, died on May 27. She was 61 years old.

A pre-school teacher at the Steeple School in Marshfield, she was the dear mother of Adam Prakop and Lara Prakop of Marshfield; loving grandmother of three grandchildren; sister of Don DeFiore of Wilmington and the daughter of the late Domenic and Edna Fiore.

A Memorial service will be held at the Pilgrim Church, 404 Washington St., Duxbury on Friday, June 3 at 11 a.m. For online guestbook and directions please visit:

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