Obituaries 10-06-2011

Patricia Ostergard

Life Long Chelsea resident

Patricia J. Ostergard, a life long Chelsea resident, also known as Pat Harkins, died at the Whidden Memorial Hospital on October  3 surrounded by family and friends who love and adore her. She was 67 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Chester and Carolyn (Crock) Ostergard and a devoted mother and caregiver to her children.  She was the beloved mother of Joan C. Harkins of New Bedford, Jean M. Harkins of Chelsea, Patricia H. Garceau of Fall River, Albert F. “Duke” Hoey III and his wife, Barbara of Winthrop; the dear sister of Robert Ostergard of Revere, Chester Ostergard of Florida, Deb Bednarek of Chelsea, Barbara Breault of W. Bridgewater and the late Ronald “Duke” Ostergard, Ann Noseworthy, Helen “Chickie” Thomas and Joan Ostergard and special life-long friend of Delores “Dee” Coito of Chelsea.  She is also lovingly survived by 13 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Her Funeral will be held from the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea on Friday, October 7 at 10 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 11 a.m.  Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend.  Visiting hours in the funeral home are today, Thursday,y from 5 to 8 p.m.  Committal prayers will conclude at the church.

Alfred Francis Piquette

Of Middleboro, formerly of Chelsea

Alfred Francis Piquette of Middleboro, formerly of Chelsea, died on October 3 at Nemasket Health Care Center, Middleboro, after a period of declining health. He was 86 years old.

The beloved husband of the late Grace M (Cutter) Piquette, who died in February of 2010, he was born in Chelsea, the son of the late Alfred J and Amelia (Dorval) Piquette. He was involved in retail food sales most of his life, including at the Pleasant Supermarket in Fall River, where he was the owner for 11 years. He attended Chelsea schools and was a US Army veteran of World War II.

His hobbies included golf, fishing, bowling, gardening, and traveling in his later years. He enjoyed spending time with his family and will be warmheartedly remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include three sons, Thomas and his wife, Diane Piquette of Bridgewater, Alfred and Christine Piquette of West Wareham, David and his wife, Peggy Piquette of Middleboro; three daughters, Linda and her husband, Arthur Hennessey of Carver, Denise and Vasco Salvador of Middleboro, Cheryl and her husband, Kevin Furtado of Acushnet, 14 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Arthur Piquette, Matilda Choen, and Amelia Sweet.

Funeral arrangements are by the Ashley Funeral Home, 35 Oak St. Middleboro. Funeral services will be held today, Thursday, October 6 from the funeral home at 8 a.m, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church, 340 Centre St., Middleboro, at 9 a.m. Burial will take place at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to: the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St. Watertown, MA 02472 and would be appreciated. For more information, please visit

Josephine Butera

Chelsea resident

Josephine Butera, a 50 year resident of Chelsea,  died on October 2 at the Rosewood Nursing Care Center in Peabody. She was 88 years old.

She was the devoted mother of Russell Butera and his companion, Lil, Phillip Butera and Janice Coolidge and her husband, Al, all of Peabody. She was born in Boston, the daughter of the late George and Ida Santarpio and sister of the late Adaline Marotta; cherished grandmother of Lisa and Marc, Dana and Mark and great grandmother of Thiago, Alicia, Gillian, Lillian, Jarod and Jeremy.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend her Funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea today, Thursday, October 6 at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 9 o’clock. Services will conclude with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit

Adam Lao

Kennedy Day School Student

Adam Lao died on September 21 at the Children’s Hospital in Boston after a long illness.  He was 14 years old.

A student at the Kennedy Day School in Brighton, he was born in Malden, the beloved son of Nereida Vega of Winthrop and Diego Lao of Chelsea; step-son of Raimundo Baquero of Winthrop; dear brother of Diego D. Lao, Jr. of Winthrop; grandson of Concepcion Santiago of Florida, Lucy Diaz of Chelsea, Diego Lao of Boston and the late Victor Vega; nephew of Judy Lao of Chelsea, Jolanda Rodriquez of Florida, Maria Lao of Weymouth, Betty Vega of East Boston, Iris Castillo of Dorchester, Victor Vega of Pennsylvania, Diego Lao of Lynn and Danny Lao of Boston.  He is also lovingly survived by numerous cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, Chelsea. Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Mattapan.

Beatrice Sacherska

Smithcraft Lighting Retiree

Beatrice Sacherska, a former lifelong Chelsea resident, died peacefully without illness on September 25 at the Don Orione Home in East Boston where she has been convalescing for the past seven years. She was in her 93rd year.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the beloved daughter of the late Boleslaw and Sophie (Branczewski) Sacherski.  She attended St Stanislaus Parochial School and Chelsea High School.  She remained at home with her mother who lived to the age of 102. She was predeceased by her mother who died 13 years ago.

She worked for nearly 35 years as an assembler for Smithcraft Lighting in Chelsea and Wilmington, retiring in 1981.  She continued to keep herself involved with family and current affairs and enjoyed knitting and crocheting afghans and personal items for family and loved ones.

She was the dear sister of the late Genevieve Szklar and Helen Szklar; cherished aunt of Elizabeth Paradis of Revere and her late husband, William, the late John and William Szklar; dear great-aunt of Patrice Montefusco, Derek Paradis and the late William Paradis.  She is also survived by two great grandnieces, three great grandnephews and many cousins.

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, October 7 in Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 10:30 a.m. Services will conclude with Inurnment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit Anthony Memorial Chelsea, 617-884-3259 Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial / Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.

Donald Williams

Wareham resident

Donald J. Williams of Wareham died September 29 while surrounded by his loving family. He was 67 years old.

Born in Chelsea, the husband of Doris E. (Hatch) Williams and the son of the late Donald and Olga (Dentone) Williams, he lived in Sandwich and Plymouth before moving to Wareham in 2002. Mr. Williams graduated from Everett High School where he played on the football team. He served in the Massachusetts National Guard.

Mr. Williams worked for Boston Edison for 30 years retiring as a Watch Engineer at Pilgrim Station in 1999. He then worked for Veolia Energy of New Bedford for the past nine years. He was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan who enjoyed yearly trips to Aruba with his wife.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Christopher J. Williams of Wareham and David A. Williams of Yarmouth; a daughter, Noel Williams of Hyannis; a step-daughter, Elizabeth E. Leblanc of East Wareham; a brother, Thomas Williams of Winchendon; a sister, Susan Williams of Barnegat, NJ and four grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham. Donations in his memory may be made to Relay For Life (please use a money order), c/o Kailey Leblanc, 149 Plymouth Ave., East Wareham, MA 02538. For online guestbook, visit:

Bronislawa Szczypek

Of Waltham, formerly of Chelsea

Bronislawa (Jarema) Szczypek of Waltham, formerly of Wilmington and Chelsea, died on September 27.

She was the beloved wife of the late Kazimierz Szczypek; devoted mother of Teresa Willard and her husband, Douglas of Lexington, Richard Szczypek and his wife, Gayle of Hamden, CT, Joseph Szczypek and his wife, Alexandra of Wilmington and the late Adam and George Szczypek. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. One of eight brothers and sisters, she was the last survivor.

Funeral arrangements were by the Dello Russo Funeral Home, Wilmington. Burial was at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Memorial contributions may be made to Marist Hill Nursing Home Resident Activity Fund, 66 Newton St., Waltham, MA 02453. For obituary or to leave an online message of condolence, please visit

Louise Erickson

Chelsea resident

Louise C. (Baretta) Erickson died in Chelsea on October 2.

She was the beloved wife of the late Francis E. Erickson; mother of Thomas Erickson of Melrose, Corinne St. Laurent of Revere and Ellen Modica of Chelsea; sister of Lenore Mazzei of Tewksbury and is also survived by five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Macgrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Joanna Michelle Brathwaite

Chelsea resident

Joanna Michelle Brathwaite of Chelsea died on September 26.

She was the loving wife of Roderick Dion Brathwaite, loving mother of Ta-Nisha, Kendra, and Ricky, Jr.; dear daughter of Catherine Ross and Wesley Charles; sister of Anthony Ross, Bertram Farmer, Cheryl Charles Mankins, Liz Stephany, Jen Charles, and Joseph Charles. She is also survived by a host of aunts, uncles, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Davis Funeral Home, Mattapan. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. To send a sympathy message to the family, please visit:

Ralph Zanfani

Chelsea resident

Ralph J. Zanfani of Chelsea, formerly of West Roxbury, died on Sept 30.

A US Army veteran of the Korean War, he was born and raised in the North End of Boston.

He was the beloved husband of the late Anna A. (DeCicco) Zanfani; loving son of the late Pelligrino and Maria (Silva) Zanfani; dear brother of the late Angelina Carmosino, Frances Corolla, Louisa Bono, Julia Spinale, Rosemary Zanfani, Primo, Victor, John, James and Charles Zanfani and is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great grandnieces and nephews and many cousins in Pozzolo, Italy.

His Funeral will be from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, October 6 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with burial in St. Michael Cemetery in Roslindale. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

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