Obituaries 10-20-2011

Hannah Marcinkowski

Dorchester resident, formerly of Chelsea

Hannah Marcinkowski of Dorchester, formerly of Chelsea, Shrewsbury, East Boston, Enosburg Falls, VT and Beachmont, died on October 16. She was 38 years old.

Born on September 22, 1973, she was the cherished daughter of Carl Marcinkowski and her stepmother, Cynthia Marcinkowski and the late Annette Sala Herbert and Mark Herbert. She leaves 18 uncles and aunts, 10 first cousins and many other family members and close friends including her housemates and caregivers at Pond Street and at her day program at the May Institute in Revere.

Hannah loved swimming, music and dancing and enjoyed doing arts and crafts and decorating.

She will rest in peace with her mother, Annette, her grandmother, Frances (Ferro) and her aunt, Carmella at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Lynn. Sincere thanks to her caregivers, nurses and the staff at Bay Cove Human Services and Beacon Hospice.

Family and friends may gather to celebrate her life at Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere on Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her name may be sent to the Beacon Hospice Inc., 529 Main St., Charlestown, MA 02129. For directions and guest book:

Mary Whelan

Of Wakefield, formerly of Chelsea

Mary G. (Swankowski) Whelan of Wakefield, formerly of Saugus and Chelsea, died on October 17.

She was the wife of the late Thomas J Whelan; mother of Thomas J. Whelan Jr. and Colleen King of Framingham, and Deborah A. Alphonse and her husband, Michael of Wakefield; sister of Ann Wells of Newport, RI, and the late Joseph Swanson (Swankowski), and Gertrude Swanson (Swankowski); grandmother of Michelle L. Ferguson and Thomas M. Alphonse; great grandmother of Brady T. Ferguson.

Funeral arrangements are by the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield. For obit/directions/guestbook

Frank Ippolito, Jr.

Owned Mill’s Corner Service Station in Chelsea

Frank J. Ippolito, Jr. of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on October 16.

He was the proprietor of Mill’s Corner Service Station in Chelsea and Sponsor and Manager of Ippy’s fast pitch soft ball team. He was a member of the Mass. National Guard, Sagamore Club and 5-2 Club of Chelsea and an employee of H.O.P. Oil Co.

He was the beloved husband of Patricia Ann (Frongillo) Ippolito with whom he shared 40 years of marriage; loving father of Frank J. Ippolito III of Boston and Melissa M. Ippolito of Revere; cherished son of the late Frank J. Ippolito, Sr. and Mary “Connie” (Benedetto) Ippolito; dear brother of James C. Ippolito and his wife, Jane, Joseph A. Ippolito, and Patricia O’Sullivan and her late husband, Bobby, all of Chelsea; adored grandfather of Haley and Ethan.

His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, today, Thursday at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony’s Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in his name to Spaulding Rehab of the North Shore, Stroke Program, 1 Dove Way, Salem, MA 01970 or online: www.spauldingnetwork. org. For directions and guest book, see:

Mary Rita Allen

Of Stoneham, formerly of Chelsea

Mary Rita (Lee) Allen of Stoneham, formerly of Malden and Chelsea, died on October 16.

The beloved wife of the late Alfred W. Allen and the late Edward H. Brown, she was the devoted mother of Jean Kaper of Lynnfield, Mary Brandt and her husband, John of Stoneham, Carolyn Brown of Lowell, and Edward Brown and his wife, Dorothy of Woburn; dear sister of Virginia Muise and her husband, Leo of Tewksbury, Robert E. Lee of Florida and several deceased brothers and sisters. She was the cherished grandmother of Maureen Vedope and her husband, Alan, Kathleen Mauriot and her husband, Fred, Jerome Kaper, James Brandt and his wife, Cathy, Melissa Silvia and her husband, Kevin, Nadine Looney and her husband, Paul, Kelly Razzaboni, Scott Brown, and the late Michael Kaper. She is also survived by nine great-grandchildren.

Her Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn today, Thursday, October 20 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Patrick’s Church, 71 Central St., Stoneham, at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, 185 Lake St., Peabody. Memorial donations may be made to the St. Labre Indian School, 1000 Tongue River Rd., Ashland, MT 59003 or Boys Town, 200 Flanagan Blvd., PO Box 6000, Boys Town, NE 68010. (Obituary, directions and guest book at

Robert Midura

US Postal Service Letter Carrier

Robert S. Midura of Natick died October 15 in his residence with his family by his side. He was 50 years old.

Mr. Midura was born in Worcester, graduated from Auburn High School, attended Worcester State University and played football at both. He was a letter carrier for more than 20 years with the US Postal Service and was a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Church and the American Veterans Post, both in Natick and an avid sports fan, particularly a fan of the New England Patriots.

He leaves his wife, Nancy (Pilcher) Midura and son, Robert E. Midura of Natick. He is also survived by his parents, Edward and Stasia (Jeznach) Midura; brother, Lawrence Midura and his wife, Linda all of Auburn, MA; sisters, Marlene Goodale and her husband, Richard of West Boylston, MA, Joanne Brzozowski and her husband, Stanley of Hubbardston, MA and Linda Johnson and her husband, Steve of Auburn, MA; his father-in-law, Richard L. Pilcher and his late wife, Ann T. Pilcher of Cheslea; sisters-in law, Tracy Pilcher of Detroit, MI, Alison Pilcher of Chelsea; brothers-in-law, Paul Pilcher of Phoenix, AZ and Richard E. Pilcher of Lynn, and nieces and nephews.

Mr. Midura was born in Worcester.

The was held from the  Henry-Dirsa Funeral Home.. Burial was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Natick. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Robert E. Midura Scholarship Fund, c/o Chelsea Employees FCU, 205 City Hall, Chelsea, MA 02130 or Vista Hospice, 2 Willow St., Southborough, MA.

Richard Milward

Union Hospital Chef

Richard W. Milward of Chelsea, formerly of Lynn, died suddenly at home on October 13. He was 54 years old.

A US Air Force Vietnam veteran, he was educated in the Lynn Public School System and was a chef at the Union Hospital. He formerly worked at the Holiday Inn and Artie’s in Peabody.

He was the son of Marilyn N (Lord) and her husband, John R. Plourde Sr. of Lynn and the late Donald C. Milward. He is survived by one brother, Ernest C. and his wife, Stephanie Milward of South Dennis and was the brother of the late Donald J. Milward, brother in law of Shirley Milward of Danvers and the brother of Joanne and her husband, Michael Cannady of Panama City, Florida. He is also survived by two aunts, Claire Milward of Lynn and Vilma Leonard of Prescott, Arizona;  the uncle of Brandon C. and Nicholas E. Milward and Kayla Ann Milward, all of South Dennis; Stacey A. Ludwig of Beverly and Shana and Linzy, both of Panama City, Florida.

Funeral arrangements were by the Nadworny Funeral Home, Lynn. Memorial donations may be sent to the Emerging Daniel Company International, P.O. Box 268, Boxford, MA 01921 or AA, 12 Channel St., Suite 3604, Marine Industrial Park, Boston, MA 02210.

Richard Serio

American Airlines Retiree

Richard A.  “Dick” Serio of Londonderry, NH, formerly of Peabody and Chelsea, died on October 14 at the VA Medical Center in Manchester, NH following a brief illness. He was 81 years old.

Born in Chelsea, he was the son of the late Frank and Nancy (Cambria) Serio. He attended local schools. He enlisted in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1953 at the rank of Sergeant.  A resident of Londonderry NH for the past 20 years, he was a former resident of Peabody, Saugus and Chelsea.

Mr. Serio worked for American Airlines for almost 40 years as a ramp agent and held other positions with the airline until his retirement in 1991. He enjoyed gardening around his home in New Hampshire and the company of his family and friends.

He was the devoted father of Ronald F. Serio and his wife, Dannette G. Serio of Bedford, Debra A. Serio and her husband, Michael Mallor of Norton and Richard C. Serio of Florida; dear brother of Frank E. Serio of Lynnfield, Connie McQuaid of Wakefield and Josephine Meinke of North Carolina; cherished grandfather of Peter Rizzo and Philip Rizzo, Jordan Mallor and Ian Mallor.

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial today, Thursday, October 20 at 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Grace Church. 59 Nichols St., Chelsea.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, Attn: Gift Processing or by visiting or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Tribute Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.  or by visiting Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home.

William Daly

Everett resident

William T. “Bill” Daly of Everett, formerly of Melrose, died on October 16. He was 78 years old.

A US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was the beloved husband of 52 years to Theresa A. (Kane) Daly; devoted father of Theresa M. “Terry” Daly of Everett, Joan M. Daly of Spokane, Wash., Timothy R. Daly and his wife, Peggy of Reading and Michael J. Daly of Everett; loving Papa to Kristin Daly U.S.A.F., Connor Daly, Erin, Ryan and Jamie Snover and Brian Solar; beloved brother of Katherine Cochrane of Virginia., Mary Daly of Chelsea, James and John Daly and best friend of Richard Preble of Chelsea.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral today, Thursday, at 9:45 a.m. from The Carr Funeral Home, 1159 Main St., Melrose followed by his Funeral Mass in The Immaculate Conception Church, 487 Broadway, Everett at 11 a.m. Burial will be  at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a memorial donation in Bill’s name to The Salvation Army, 1500 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118. For obituary, directions and online condolences, please visit

Bernice Shuman

TV Industry Makeup Artist

Bernice (Waterman) Shuman of Revere died on October 14.  She was 93 years old.

Born in Boston, she spent most of her life in Revere.  She was educated in the Chelsea schools, graduated from Chelsea High School and was a make-up artist in the television industry.  She was a great spirit who was very loved and will be missed by all.

The beloved life partner of Louis Rasetta, she was the devoted mother of Linda Puzzo, Steven Emerson, and the late Robert Emerson and the loving grandmother of many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at Greenview Cemetery, Everett. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.  For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website: Torf Funeral Service, 800-428-716,

Marilyn Katzman

Chelsea resident

Marilyn (Rosenthal) Katzman of Chelsea died on  October 15 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She was 80 years old.

Born and raised in Roxbury, she was a devoted homemaker and worked as a ladies apparel salesperson at Macy’s Department Store.

She was the devoted wife of Myer Katzman; beloved mother of Elliot and Donna Katzman and Scott and Robin Katzman; adored grandmother of Matthew and his wife, Katie Katzman, David Katzman, Seth Katzman, and Adam Katzman. She was the sister of Edward Rosenthal and the loving sister of the late Edith Rosenthal.

Services were held at the Agudas Sholom Cemetery in Everett. Due to the Sukkot holiday, Shiva will be held at the home of Robin and Scott Katzman beginning after Shabbat on Saturday evening October 22, then Sunday, October 23 through Wednesday, October 26 from 1 to 9 p.m. and Thursday morning October 27.

In honor of the dedicated care provided to Marilyn. in lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Cohen Florence Levine Estates 201 Captains Row Chelsea, MA 02150. For online condolences: Goldman Funeral Chapel – Malden

Martin Donahue

Of Wakefield, formerly of Chelsea

Martin W. Donahue of Wakefield, formerly of Chelsea, died on October 11.

He was the husband of the late Katherine M. (Hogarty) Donahue and is survived by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by eight siblings.

Funeral arrangements were by the McDonald Funeral Home, Wakefield. Burial was in Forest Glade Cemetery, Wakefield. For obit and guestbook,

Jean Marie Leighton

Chelsea resident

Jean Marie Leighton of Chelsea, formerly of Arlington, died unexpectedly on October 15. She was 48 years old.

Born in Medford and a graduate of Arlington High School, she was a resident of Chelsea for the last 13 years and enjoyed bingo as well as shopping.

She was the beloved daughter of Mary L. (Mickle) Basler of Chelsea and the late Paul Brown and is also survived by four brothers and two sisters.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend  a visitation in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Friday, October 21 begining at 12 Noon and concluding with a Funeral Sevice at 1:30 PM. Committal Services are private. To send a message of condolence to Jean Marie’s family, please visit

George Mironchuk

Chelsea resident

George Mironchuk of Chelsea passed away Sept. 29th at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in West Roxbury after a brief illness. He was 95 years of age.  Born and raised in Chelsea, Mr. Mironchuk also spent several years as a young man living in the old West End of Boston, where he enjoyed sailing on the Charles River and dancing in a local Russian folk ensemble.

He was the son of late Ukrainian immigrants, John and Anna (Babey) Mironchuk;  he worked as a machine operator and Shoe Laster for Stride Rite Shoes for 23 years.  He was later employed at the Mellotone company, and retired in 1980 after working as a machinist for the Grace Company.

Mr. Mironchuk was a life-long member of St. Mary‚s Russian Orthodox Church in Chelsea, where he served for many years volunteering his time to assist in its maintenance. George also enjoyed woodcarving in his leisure time, and was a well-known fan of Polka music, sharing many happy hours with friends at area dances.

Funeral Services were conducted from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home 718 Broadway CHELSEA.  The Very Rev. Archpriest John T. Bacon, Rector of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in Chelsea officiated. Services concluded with Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Mr. Mironchuk was the beloved father of Gregory Mironchuk of Saugus, Paula Campbell of Sutton, Nadine Mironchuk of Chelsea and the late Regina Mironchuk.  He was the cherished grandfather of William Mironchuk, Richard Campbell and Kenneth Campbell and his wife Catherine, and adored great grandfather of Alexander Campbell.

He was the dear brother of Sonia Jones of Brighton TN, the late Nicholas Miron, Lydia Mitchell and Nena Douglas.  He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Nativity of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church, 8 Addison St., Chelsea, MA 02150.

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