Obituaries 07-21-2011

Carmella ‘Ellie’ Gagliardi

Of Chelsea, formerly of Revere

Carmella E. “Ellie” (DeLuca) Gagliardi of Chelsea, formerly of Revere, died on July 11 at the Spaulding Therapy & Nursing Center of Boston’s North End following a valiant battle with Pancreatic Cancer. She was 84 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, she lived in Revere all her lie until moving to Chelsea one year ago.

Mrs. Gagliardi’s parents, the late Louis and Ida (Tempesta) DeLuca and her siblings, Vincent and Dorothy DeLuca, perished in a tragic house fire in Revere on August 14, 1932. She was five years old and was the only survivor of that tragedy. Perhaps, early on in life, she acquired her determined spirit and feistiness which brought her an indomitable strength and character.   In spite of the catastrophic situation that arose from this family tragedy, “Ellie” never lost her zest for life and love of family.

She married Restituto “Rusty” Nigro and had three devoted children. Mr. Nigro died in April of 1971. While visiting her husband’s grave at Holy Cross Cemetery, she met a charming and handsome widower, Frank Gagliardi, who was also mourning the loss of his spouse. Their meetings at the cemetery site became coincidently consistent and they married in 1976. Frank Gagliadi survives her.

The beloved wife of 35 years to Frank Gagliardi and the late Restituto “Rusty” Nigro; she was the devoted mother of Stephen L. Nigro and his wife, Linda of Capistrano Beach, CA, John A. Nigro of Wellesley and Nancy I. Nigro and her companion, Maryanne Carroccino of Peabody; cherished grandmother of John A. Nigro Jr. and his wife, Sarah of Saugus and Dani Nigro of Capistrano Beach, CA. She is also lovingly survived by Jack Gagliardi and his wife, Carol and Frank Gagliardi, all of Everett and many nieces and nephews. She was the dear sister of the late Vincent and Dorothy DeLuca.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Network, 1500 Rosencrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

Luigi ‘Louis’ Duca

Retired MWRA Machinist

Luigi P. “Louis” Duca of Chelsea, formerly of New Hampshire, died on July 17. He was 95 years old.

A US Coast Guard veteran, he was a retired machinist for the MWRA and a former member of The American Legion Post 101 for more than 50 years.

He was the husband of the late Camille (Simboli) Duca; beloved father of Deanna Burke and her husband, Kevin of Newburyport and Paula Noonan and her husband, Philip of Connecticut. He is also lovingly survived by five grandchildren, Philip, Alexandra, Jennifer, David, Kathleen and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services were conducted at St. Michael the Archangel Chapel, Chelsea. Burial was in Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Michael the Archangel Chapel, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150.  Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, Chelsea.

Ernest Cordwell, Sr.

Everett resident

Ernest H. Cordwell, Sr. of Everett died on July 17. He was 83 years old.

A US Navy veteran, he was the beloved husband of Mary “Peggy” (Gear) Cordwell; loving father of Kathleen D’Alleva and her husband, Domenic of Wilmington, Barbara Boudreau and her husband, James of Chelsea, and the late Ernest H. Jr. and Edward Cordwell. He is also survived by eight cherished grandchildren and two cherished great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the JF Ward Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society , 30 Speen St. Framingham, MA 01701. For online guest book visit

William Powers

Lifelong Chelsea resident

William P. Powers, a resident of Chelsea for more than 94 years, passed away peacefully at the Chelsea Soldiers Home around noontime on Saturday, July 16.

A graduate of the Chelsea School System, for over 39 years until his retirement at the age of 61, he worked for American Biltrite, where he also served as Union Steward. He was a US Army veteran of World War II and a member of the D.A.V.

He was the devoted husband of the late Margaret (Matherson) Powers; beloved father of Stephen Powers and his wife, Judy of Chelsea, Ronnie Barker of Saugus and the late Joan Gardina, Thomas Westmoreland and David Westmoreland; father-in-law of Elaine Westmoreland of Saugus and Gino Gardina of Florida; dear brother of Mary Bradley and her husband, Frank of Medford and the late Theresa Leonard, John, Cornelius and Robert Powers and is also lovingly survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Memorial Mass celebrating his life today, Thursday, July 21 at 5:45 p.m. in St. Michael the Archangel Chapel on the grounds of the Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Avenue, Chelsea. Expressions of sympathy in his name may be made to St. Michael the Archangel Chapel.

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Maria Lopez de Torres

Member of North Shore Assembly of God

Maria Lopez de Torres passed away on July 9 at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Born in the Dominican Republic, the daughter of the late Franciso Brioso and Maria Dolores Lopez, she was educated in San Pedro de Macoris and worked outside the home at Central Rio Haina Refinery as a secretary from 1970 to 1987 and later as a vocational school teacher.

After settling in the United States, she resided in the Bronx, New York City. A very caring and loving woman, she was also a seamstress and enjoyed crochet and cooking. She was a member of the North Shore Assembly of God in Malden.

She was the beloved wife of the late Andres Torres; devoted mother of Nancy Torres, Amparo Lluberes, Mirtha Castillo, Alta Gracia, Andres Torres, Yolanda Lugo, Francisco Torres, Mireya Torres, Mayra Cotto and the late Jose Torres and is also survived by 24 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren.

Her Funeral Service was conducted in Inglesia La Luz de Christo. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. 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

Morton Schwartz

Owner of Nu-Deal Plumbing and Heating

Morton Schwartz of Winthrop died on July 12. He was 80 years old.

A US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was born in Chelsea and was a resident of Winthrop, formerly of Revere. He was a graduate of Revere High School and Boston University School of Business and was the owner and proprietor of NU-Deal Plumbing and Heating, Chelsea. An avid golfer, gardener and athlete, he enjoyed and extended his time and resources with the children and community of Chelsea. He was also a member of the Freemasons of Massachusetts.

He was the beloved husband of Thelma (Rubinovitz) Schwartz; devoted father of Kurt Ian Schwartz and his wife, Lori and Eric Steven Schwartz and his wife, Stacy. He was the loving son of the late William Schwartz and Rose (Timmerman) Schwartz; dear brother of the late Edward R. Schwartz and loving grandfather of Andie, Jonathan and Jacob.

Funeral arrangements were by Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Burial was in Sudilkov Cemetery, Everett. Memorial remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472. For on-line guest book please visit:

Lawrence McVay

Former Chelsea Soldiers Home Adjutant and Assistant Superintendent

Lawrence T. “Larry” McVay died on his 96th birthday after a long illness.

A Nahant resident for many years, he moved to Boerne, TX 20 years ago after the death of his wife, Marie Laurie (Liberge) McVay.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1934, was a USAAF veteran of World War ll  serving as a M/Sgt with 8th Air Force in England, France and Belgium. He was the adjutant at Chelsea Soldiers Home from 1954 to 1966 and then Assistant Superintendent from 1966 to 1980.

A member of Area 628 Health Planning Council, Harbor Area Mental Health Board, Boards of Directors of CAPIC, local Boy Scouts, Chelsea Rotary, and Atlantic Savings Bank, he was also a lifetime member of the American Legion, D.A.V., and Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge.

Surviving him are one son Col. Lawrence McVay, Jr. USAF (ret) and his wife, Judith of Boerne TX, his grandchildren, Rick Mancinelli of Cumberland RI, Joe Mancinelli of N. Reading , Shannon McVay of Wenatchee WA, Patrick McVay of Portland TX , Major Michael McVay at Ft Bliss, TX, a close friend Peggy Burdine and 11 great-grandchildren. He was the father of the late Beverly Mancinelli.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the St. Laurent Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Nahant.

Charles Klayman

Member of Odd Fellows and

Temple B’nai Israel, Revere

Charles Klayman of Quincy, formerly of Chelsea and Revere, died on July 14. He was 93 years old.

The beloved husband of 70 years of Dorothy (Sherman) Klayman, he was born in Boston and graduated from Cambridge High School.  He was very athletic and gave up a college scholarship to support his family.  A US Army veteran of World War II, he loved to dance, listen to music and was very involved in local politics.  He was a member of The Odd Fellows, Temple B’Nai Israel of Revere, and a Past President of the Brotherhood at B’Nai Israel of Revere.

He was the loving son of the late Kate Klayman; the devoted father of Nancy Nelson and Robert Klayman and his wife, Julia; the dear brother of the late Frances Klayman, Barbara Gold, Ethel Baron and Gussie Cholfin; the loving grandfather of Jonathan Nelson and his wife, Beth, Joshua Nelson and his wife, Debbie and the late Jeremy Nelson and the loving great grandfather of Benjamin, Evan, Emily, Zachary, and Judah.

Arrangements were entrusted to Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Burial was in Lynn. Donations in his memory may be made to the March of Dimes, MA Chapter, 112 Turnpike Road, Suite 102, Westborough, MA 01581. For online guestbook please visit the funeral home website:

Marvin Taub

Of Cambridge, formerly of Winthrop

Marvin Taub of Cambridge, formerly of Winthrop, died on June 28. He was 96 years old.

Born in the Bronx, New York, he was the beloved husband of the late Miriam (Garber) Taub; devoted father of Jane L. Taub and Alan Taub and his wife, Paula and the late Lisa Anne Taub; loving son of the late Max and Esther (Singer) Taub, both of Austria.

Graveside services were held at Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon. Memorial donations may be made to the Jimmy Fund/Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney Street, Boston, MA 02115

Caroline Tarasewicz

Everett resident

Caroline R. (Wozniak) Tarasewicz of Everett died on July 12. She was 84 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Adam, she was the loving mother of Charles and Carol Tarasewicz of Everett and Paul Tarasewicz of Maine. She is survived by three loving grandchildren, Nicole, Paul Jr., and Allison Tarasewicz.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association , 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.

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