Obituaries 10-27-2011

Mabel Meola

First Woman Alderman of Ward 5

Mabel Meola, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died on October 21 just after noon at the Chelsea Skilled Nursing and Rehab where she had been receiving supportive care. She was 87 years old.

Devoted to her family and community, she was a devoted wife for 59 years to her beloved Carl. She was the Past Commander of Chelsea DAV Chapter 62 Aux, a member of Mottola VFW Post in Revere and the first woman Alderman of Ward 5 from 1985 to 1987.

She was the devoted wife of the late Cavalieri “Carl” Meola; beloved mother of John Meola and his wife, Tanya of Florida, Gerald “Skipper” Meola and his wife, Cindy of Salem and Lou-Anne Meola of Revere; mother-in-Law of Eric Knight of Revere; loving sister of the late Chelsea Firefighter George Borden, Jr., past President of Firefighters Union Local 937 and his wife, Barbara Borden of Chelsea and their children Donna, Peter and Debbie. She was the cherished grandmother of Carla Anne, Gerri Lynn, Lisa Marie, Gerald, Jr. Stephen, Jennifer Anne, Fred Anthony “Rocky,” and Stefanie; great grandmother of Anthony, Matthew, David, Felicia, Geoffrey, Gianna, Alanna, John Carlo, Nathan, Alexa, Gabby, Vincent and Gemma and great great grandmother of Marina and Halayna.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend her Funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Saturday, October 29 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 11 o’clock. Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home today, Thursday, and Friday will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will conclude with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
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James Lewis

Died by Accident

James R. Lewis of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died by accident on October 21. He was 51 years old.

Born in Chelsea, he attended Chelsea Schools and was the beloved son of Angela (Taranti) Lewis and the late Kenneth E.; dear brother of Steven and his wife, Maureen of Chelsea, John of Revere, David of Chelsea and the late Kenneth, Eugene and Thomas Lewis; loving grandson of Joan Silverman of Revere and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Robert Selvage

Retired Machinist

Robert D. Selvage, a retired machinist at Standard-Thomson, died suddenly on October 23 at the Whidden Hospital in Everett. He was 74 years old.

Born in Boston, the son of the late Douglas and Helen (Cassidy) Selvage, he attended local schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. After completing high school, he enlisted in the US Navy and was honorably discharged in 1957.

A Chelsea resident who also spent time living in Malden, he had been residing in Everett for the past few months. He worked for over 35 years as a machinist at Standard-Thomson in Waltham until his retirement. A free spirited man, he enjoyed traveling, camping and bluegrass festivals.

He was the beloved husband of 50 years to Margaret (Sullivan) Selvage of Everett; devoted father of Robert Selvage and his wife, Noreen of Saugus, Lisa Selvage of Everett and Steven Selvage and his wife, Roseanna of Peabody. He was the son of the late Douglas and Helen (Cassidy) Selvage and the stepson of Stella Selvage of Saugus; dear brother of Mary Beth Eckstrom of California, Anne Alfar of Colorado, Katy Sheppard of Oklahoma and Doug Selvage of Saugus and cherished grandfather of Janna, Courtney, Nicholas and Lola Selvage.

Honoring his wishes, funeral services were strictly private. Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Dr. Marvin Neipris

Chelsea resident

Dr. Marvin Neipris of Chelsea, formerly of Malden and Winchester, died unexpectedly on October 22. He was 78 years old.

A gentle man who loved birding and books, a quiet kindness shone through to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.

He was the devoted husband of Jean (Dinerstein-Mendell) Neipris; beloved father of Ellen Neipris, Carolyn Neipris-Jones and Cynthia Neipris; loving step-father of David Mendell, Barry Mendell, Sara Haven and Jonathan Mendell; dear brother of Elsa Waller, Judith Greenbaum and the late Toby Wilgoren; cherished grandfather of Harley, Kaila, Andre, Carly, Benjamin and Graham.

Services were at Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon with arrangements by Goldman Funeral Chapel, Malden. Expressions of sympathy may be donated to the Leonard Florence Center for Living, 165 Captains Row, Chelsea, MA 02150. For online condolences go to:

James O’Neill

Chelsea Resident

James O’Neill, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, passed away late Friday evening October 21at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a long illness.

Having worked in shipping and receiving during his career, he was the husband of Beverley (King) O’Neill; father of Catherine Love and her husband, Michael of East Boston, Carolanne Gusler and her husband, Randolph of Florida, Shawn O’Neil and his wife, Michelle of Chelsea, Kevin O’Neil and his fiancée, Deanna of Arlington, Timothy O’Neil and his companion, Michelle of Malden and the late Christine O’Neil and Patricia O’Neil; grandfather of Stephen Piasecki, Heather Doyle, Victoria Dawson, Randy Gusler, Courtney Gusler, Corey O’Neil and Andrew O’Neil; great grandfather of Hunter, Anthony, Brianna, Damien and Kalvin.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Committal services were private. To send a message of condolence to his family, please visit

Louise Nazzaro

Chelsea resident

Louise M. (Taurasi) Nazzaro of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston, died on October 20. She was 92 years old.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Virginia (Chiango) and Salvatore Taurasi; loving wife of the late Carlo F. Nazzaro; cherished mother of Carl Nazzaro and his companion, Sheila McClorey of Swampscott, Robert Nazzaro and his wife, Donna of Woburn, and the late Suzanne Nazzaro; adored grandmother of Michael Nazzaro of Woburn; loving sister of the late Mary Cutts, Anthony “Tony” Taurasi and Florence Cochrane and is also survived by many loving nephews, nieces and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Kirby-Rapino Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, 17 Lafayette Avenue, Chelsea MA 02150. To leave online condolences, please visit

Gertrude Daniels

Retired Credit Manager at Malden Jewelry

Gertrude (Sheinfeld) Daniels of Chelsea, formerly of Malden and Melrose, died peacefully after a brief illness on October 20. She was 96 years old.

The retired credit manager at Malden Jewelry and a longtime member of Temple Tifereth Israel, she was the devoted wife of 65 years to the late Harold Daniels; beloved mother of Carol Sherman and the late Barbara Sherman; cherished grandmother of Scott Sherman, Jonathan Sherman, Steven Sherman, Jodi Sherman Allison Sherman and 10 great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by Goldman Funeral Chapel, Malden. Burial was in Melrose. Expressions of sympathy may be donated to the Barbara Daniels Sherman Scholarship Fund c/o Malden High School, 77 Salem St., Malden, MA. 02148. For online condolences go to:

Benita Valentin

Longtime Chelsea Resident

Benita Valentin, a longtime Chelsea resident, died at her Chelsea home surrounded by her loving family on October 15. She was 72 years old.

Born in Patillas, Puerto Rico, she was the daughter of the late Rogue and Josefa Ramos. She was raised in Puerto Rico and after coming to the United States she settled in Everett and has been living in Chelsea for the past 35 years. She devoted her life to her home and raising her children. She was a devoted parishoner and supporter of St. Rose Church.

She was the devoted mother of Miguel Valentin and Neury Valentin, both of Chelsea, Carlos Valentin and his wife, Rosa of Everett, Jose Valentin of Marblehead, Junior Valentin of Revere and the late Louis Valentin; dear sister of Basilio, Ines, Felipe, Angel Louis, Jose Antonio and Gonzalez Ramos. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Rose Church. Services concluded with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.

Frances Olmstead

Retired Receptionist

Frances E. (Alexander) Olmstead, a longtime Chelsea resident, died at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett after a brief illness on October 12.  She was 83 years old.

Born in Winnipeg Canada, she was the daughter of the late Peter Alexander and Mary (Bell) Wood-Alexander.  As a young girl in the 1930’s, her family relocated to Middletown, Manchester England where she lived for many years before settling in Chelsea in 1960.  For 28 years she worked as a receptionist and office assistant at Merrill-Lynch in Boston.  She retired in 1997 and enjoyed traveling with friends to Foxwoods.

She was the beloved mother of Gwendolyn Griffin and her husband, Anthony of Atkinson NH, Cynthia Arsenault of Mississippi and her late husband, Jimmy Arsenault; beloved sister of Gwendolyn Leah of Chelsea and Patrick Alexander of Canada; cherished grandmother of Andrew Brown Jr., Jamie Arsenault Lay, Sean Conlon and Thomas Conlon; adored great grandmother of Andrew Brown III, Anthony Brown, Emily and Brody Lay and dear sister in law of Henry J. Lea of Chelsea.

Funeral Services were held in the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home. Entombment took place in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105-1942 To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Joseph Hayes

Chelsea Resident

Joseph M. Hayes of Chelsea, formerly of Charlestown, died on October 24.

A Vietnam veteran, he was the beloved son of the late Joseph and Mary (Russell) Hayes; brother of John Hayes of Charlestown, Daniel and Dee Hayes, both of Watertown, Jean Marie Hayes of Charlestown and the late Mary Harris of Seabrook, N.H.

His Funeral will be held from the John H. Sawyer Funeral Home, 329 Bunker Hill St. Charlestown, Friday, October 28 at 9:10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours are today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to The American Diabetes Association P.O. Box 51454, Alexandria, Va. 22312.

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