Obituaries 11-03-2011

Calvin Mugford

Of Arizona, formerly of Chelsea

Calvin Mugford of Sun City, Arizona, formerly of Chelsea, died on September 13. He was 84 years old.

A retired hairdresser, self-employed in the Chelsea area for many years, he was the brother of the late Alfred Mugford, Sr., William Mugford, Sr., Anthony Mugford, Florence Martel and Mary Tehan; dear uncle of Ronald, Raymond, Alfred Jr., Lance, Michelle Carmilia, William Jr., Peter, Eddy Martel, June Nicoli and Mary McDonald; son of the late Anthony and Naomi (Snow) Mugford.

A Graveside service will be conducted at the family lot in Woodlawn Cemetery, 302 Elm St., Everett, on Friday, November 4 at 1:30 p.m.  Relatives and friends may gather at the main gate.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals in Chelsea

Anthony Cavicchio

Poloroid retiree

Anthony S. “Tony” Cavicchio of Malden died on October 30. He was 71 years old.

A retired employee of the Research and Film Development section of the former Polaroid Corp., he was the Past Grand Knight of the Peabody Knights of Columbus Council #508 and a late member of the US Army National Guard.

He was the beloved husband of Carolann (Brown) Cavicchio; dear father of Teresa Zambella and her husband, Anthony, Annette Cavicchio and Rita Cavicchio, all of Peabody; step-father of Staciann Herlihy of Chelsea, Wendy Cassetta and her husband, Harry of New Hampshire; son of the late Rocco and Eleana (DiFonzo) Cavicchio; brother of Mary Sotolotto and her husband, Joe of Springfield, Anna Mistretta and her husband, Salvatore of Peabody, Elisa Corapi and her husband Matt of Watertown and is also lovingly survived by five grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held from the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea on Friday, November 4 at 9 a,m, followed by a Holy Eucharist Service at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 201 Washington Ave., Chelsea, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours are today, Thursday only, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in  Glenwood Cemetery in Everett.

Rose Rutberg

Swampscott resident

Rose (Stoller) Rutberg of Swampscott, formerly of Medford, died on Monday, October 31.

She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Rutberg; devoted mother of Michael Rutberg, Janice Cantor, Martin Rutberg and Pamela Greenwald; loving daughter of the late Harry and Polly (Avner) Stoller; dear sister of the late Samuel Stahler and Mollie Shapiro; loving grandmother of 11 and great-grandmother of six. She is also survived by her devoted care-giver Irene Cyr.

Graveside Services were held at Temple Shalom of Medford Cemetery, Peabody. Contributions in her memory may be made to the JRC-Activities Dept. 330 Paradise Road, Swampscott, MA 01907. Relatives and friends invited to attend.  For online guestbook and directions, please visit the funeral home website Torf Funeral Service 1-800-428-7161.

Emily Mulley

Of Maine, formerly of Ipswich

EmilyL. (King) Mulley of Portland, ME, formerly of Ipswich, died on October 28. She was 91 years old.

She was the wife of the late William A. Mulley; beloved mother of William A. Mulley Jr. and his wife, Maureen B. of Pittsford, NY, Karen K. St. Pierre and her husband, Raymond C. of Portland, ME; daughter of the late Joseph and Laura (Slade) King; sister of the late Jennie Hoernig, Herbert King, and Ronald King and is also lovingly survived by four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A Graveside Service was conducted at the family lot in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, 258 Chestnut St., Chelsea, MA 02150. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals in Chelsea.

Marie Anne Nelson

Chelsea resident

Marie Anne (Moreau) Nelson of Chelsea died at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett on October 24 following a brief illness. She was 80 years old.

Born and raised in Haiti, she attended school there. She settled in Chelsea in 1988 and has been a resident ever since. She worked for a number of years as a housekeeper for various commercial properties. A loving wife and mother, she enjoyed listening to music, cooking and spending time with her family.

She was the beloved wife of Jean Nelson of Chelsea; devoted mother of Marie Sonia Nelson and her husband, Harold of Everett, Charles Nelson of Haiti, Juliette Castor of Brockton, Simone Issaint and her husband, Willy of Malden, Wiener Nelson of Avon, Wilfrid Nelson Jr. and his wife, Nancy of Georgia and Angelo Nelson and his wife, Margorie of Connecticut; dear sister of Serge, Gerard and Raymonde Moreau; cherished grandmother of Valerie, Lisberth, Beverly, Synthia, Christian, Kimberly Anne, Christie, Emilie Anne, Giovany  and Jacob and adored great grandmother of Andrew Smith, Andrew Long, Mei Ling, Anailah and Caleb.

Her funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday, November 5 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 10:30 a.m. Services will conclude with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

John Redmond, Sr.

Former Everett Public Health Director

John J. Redmond, Sr., a lifelong resident of Everett, died suddenly in the Massachusetts General Hospital on October 27. He was 86 years old.

He was the Director of Public Health for the City of Everett for over 40 years and he has been retired for 20 years. was Past president of the Massachusetts Health Association and was also president emeritus of that organization. He was also an active member of the Knight of Columbus, the Elks, and the American Legion. He served in the US Navy and he was a veteran of both War II and the Korean War.

He was the beloved husband of Madeline T.) and together they shared 58 years of marriage;  the loving father of John and his wife, Pat of Medford, Patrice and her husband, Stephen Chiavelli of Wakefield, Barry of Chelsea, Joyce and her husband, Bruce Crary of Newburyport, Mary of Everett, James of Everett, Paul and his wife, Patricia of Wakefield and Beth and her husband, Timothy McDonough of Westwood;  the brother of Mary Hightower of Wilmington and the late James and Joseph He is also survived by seven grandchildren

Funeral arrangements were by the Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his name to Spaulding Rehabilitation Center 125 Nashua Street, Boston, MA 02114.

Lena “Colagera” Assenza

Lifelong North End Resident

Lena M. “Colagera” Assenza, a lifelong resident of Boston’s North End, died on October 25.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Vincenza (Giusta) and Gaetano Assenzo; loving sister of Jennie Ruotolo of Chelsea and the late Anna Sinagra, Joseph and Jimmy Assenzo, Camille Renzulli and Mary Riley; cherished aunt of Anthony and Nancy Sinagra, Janice Polacco, Dennis Assenzo, Alfred and Frank Renzulli, Patricia Pastore, Michael and Arlene Riley, Anna Maria Forlizzi, Robert and Vincent Ruotolo, the late Louis Sinagra and James Riley and all their spouses.
She is also survived by many grand and great-grand nieces and nephews and her devoted friends the “Golden Girls.”

Her Funeral Mass was celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church, North Sq, Boston. Burial was at St. Michael Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations in her memory to the Italian Home for Children would be appreciated.

Barbara Jean Holden

John Hancock Retiree

Barbara Jean (Homer) Holden of Chelsea died on October 27 following a 20 year valiant battle with cancer. She was 79 years old.

She was a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1950, and a retiree of John Hancock Life Insurance Co.

She was the beloved wife of 60 years to Edward A. Holden; cherished mother of Scott A. Holden and his wife, Catherine L. of Peabody and Laura J. Holden of Chelsea; devoted grandmother of Pvt. Cameron E. Holden, U.S. Army and Dylan R. Holden, both of Peabody; sister of the late Warren W. Homer; dear aunt of William Homer and his wife, Debbie of Charlton, MA, Lynda Suarez and her husband, Paul of Bensalem, PA and Lawrence Homer of Chelsea. She is also lovingly survived by her sister-in-law Winnifred Homer of Bensalem, PA.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701-9376.

John Hetherton Sr.

Honorary Life Member and Secretary of Winthrop Elks

John J. Hetherton, Sr. of Winthrop died on October 28 after a long illness. He was 71 years old,

Born in New York City, he was the loving son of the late Vincent Hetherton and Alice Story. He attended the New York City Schools and graduated from high school there. He later attended Northeastern University.

He served in the US Navy for four years and was employed at General Electric’s Glyptol Paints as a plant manager for more than 35 years until his retirement nine years ago. He was the Secretary and an honorary life member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks #1078.

He is survived by his wife, Mary (DeNapoli) of Winthrop and three sons, Patrick Hetherton and his wife, Ellen of Winthrop, William Hetherton of East Boston and John Hetherton Jr. and his wife, Dawn of Beverly; loving brother of Raymond Hetherton, Ilene Hetherton and Marilyn Story, all of New York and dear grandfather of nine.

Funeral arrangements were by the Joseph R. Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was at the Belle Isle Section of the Winthrop Cemetery. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in in his memory be donated to the John J. Hetherton Sr. Scholarship Fund, c/o Winthrop Lodge of Elks, 191 Washington Avenue, Winthrop, MA 02152.

Cynthia Citron

Of Maine, formerly of Chelsea

Cynthia Citron, formerly of Winthrop and Chelsea, died in Maine on October 25 after a long illness. She was 70 years old.

She is survived by her son John, brother Norman Blanchard, sisters Beverly and Angela, and four grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Barbara, mother of the late Timothy and wife of the late Tilden.

Paul Swartz

US Postal Retiree

Paul Swartz, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died on October 26.  He was 78 years old.

He was born in Chelsea, a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1951 and a long time United States Postal Service Clerk at the Bellingham Square Post Office.

The loving son of the late Nathan and Ida Swartz, he was the dear brother of Evelyn Kohrn and her late husband, Robert and the late Ralph Swartz; the loving uncle of Stanley Kohrn and his wife, Lynn, Linda Benichak and her husband, Gerald and Valerie Ozer and her husband, Yoram and the dear cousin of Ruth Brickman, Philip Bograd and Martha Bograd.

Graveside services were held at the Farband Cemetery, Danvers. Memorial donations may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 310, White Plains, NY 10605. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Torf Funeral Chapel, 617-889-2900, 151 Washington Ave. Chelsea, MA 02150.

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