Obituaries 12-01-2011

Stella  Nevins

Lifelong Chelsea resident

Stella T. (Maronska) Nevins died at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home on November 28 where she had been receiving supportive care for the past eight years. She was in her 90th year.

Born, raised and a lifelong resident of Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Helen (Falkowska) Maronski.  She attended St. Stanislaus parochial school and was a graduate of Chelsea High School.  In 1945 she married Sam Nevins and together they raised their daughters, Lyn and Joan here in Chelsea.

Stella worked outside of her home as an office clerk and typist at the Chelsea Soldiers Home and the Registry of Motor Vehicles and retired from the RMV in1982.  She also worked part-time as a waitress at Max’s Deli in Chelsea. A talented home seamstress, she enjoyed bowling with local leagues and she was an avid reader.

The beloved wife of the late Samuel J. “Sam” Nevins who died 11 years ago after sharing 54 years of love and devotion, she was the devoted mother of Lyn Nevins and her husband, John Herbert of Darien, CT and Joan Nevins of East Boston; cherished grandmother of Dr. Chrissy Nevins-Herbert M.D. of Providence RI and Johnny Nevins-Herbert of Darien, CT; dear sister of Stanley Maronski of Saugus, the late Gladys Maronska and Chester, Charles and Alfred Maronski, She was lovingly cared for by her sister in law Ann Maronski and niece Mary Maronski.

Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, December 2 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea at 10:30 a.m. Services will conclude with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.  Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Thursday, from 4 to 7 p.m.  Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home.  Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Foundation, 17 Lafayette Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150. To send expressions of sympathy or for directions, please visit Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.

Mary Russo

Newton resident

Mary G. (Russo) Russo of Newton died on November 27.

She was the beloved wife of the late Jerry Russo; devoted mother of John Russo of Chelsea and the late Jane D. Russo; loving grandmother of Rhonda Poirier and her husband, Roger of Newton, and great-grandmother of Kelsey and Amber Poirier.

Funeral arrangements were by the Andrew J. Magni & Son Funeral Home, Newton. Entombment was in Newton Cemetery Mausoleum.

John Casino, Jr.

Computer programmer, musician and culinary expert

John J. Casino, Jr., a computer programmer, died at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on November 25 after courageously battling Lung Cancer for three years. He was 64 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the beloved son of the late John and Rose (Martocchio) Casino.  He attended local schools and enlisted in the US Air Force during the Vietnam Era. There he attained the rank of Staff Sgt. and was assigned as Motor Pool Mechanic. Wounded in action, he was a recipient of a Purple Heart on February 10, 1970 and was honorably discharged in  November of that year.

Returning to Chelsea. he furthered his education in the newly emerging computer technologies. He became a computer programmer long before the personal computer, desk and laptops of today.  He witnessed firsthand the many advances of that technology.  He possessed a strong work ethic, working for Citicorp and IBM and only retiring when IBM began downsizing here in December of last year.

He loved music and cooking, attended the Culinary Institute in Cambridge to further enhance his kitchen skills, but music was his great love. An accomplished musician, he played the guitar and keyboard and was a member of the music ensemble “The Moving Sounds” for several years. He passed along his love of music by teaching guitar to family and friends alike.

He was the beloved husband of 30 years to Barbara (Briggs) Casino; devoted father of Rhonda Casino of Medford, Nancy Casino-Medway of California, Jeffrey Casino and his wife, Misty of Lynn, John J. Casino, III of Chelsea, Reia Briggs-Connor and her husband, Richard of Saugus; dear brother of and brother in law of Nancy Roselli and her husband, Eddie, Alexander “Al” Casino and his wife Kathy; cherished grandfather of Victoria Pawlak, Nicholas Pawlak, James Medway, Jared Connor and Aaron Conner and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

His Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Rose Church on November 29. Burial will be held on Friday, December 2 at 11 a.m. in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to or to The American Lung Assoc. 460 Totten Pond Rd. Ste-400 Waltham MA 02454. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.

Robert Trayers

Of Middleton, formerly of Revere

Robert J. Trayers of Middleton, formerly of Wakefield and Revere, died November 27 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington. He was 69 years old.

Born in Boston on June 7, 1942, he was the son of the late James and Kathryn (Dolan) Trayers. Mr. Trayers was raised in Somerville and Chelsea and was a graduate of Immaculate Conception High School of Revere and Burdette College of Boston. He was a retired sales manager of Horizon Beverage of Avon and served in the Massachusetts Army National Guard. He was the husband of Ann M. (Wedge) Trayers.

He was the father of Kelly Christiano and her husband, Tony of Middleton; the uncle of Jim and Tina Wedge, Elaine and Jim Conrad, Mike and Jackie Ebert and Christopher Ebert; brother in-law of Mary and Ed Ebert, James and Judy Wedge and the late Paul and Nicholas Wedge; great-uncle of Lily Ebert, Hannah and Nicholas Wedge, Patrick and Lauren Mancuso and Caitlin Conrad. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Cowan Brown of Lowell.

His funeral will be held from the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield today, Thursday. at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral mass in St. Joseph Church, 173 Albion St., Wakefield at 10 o’clock. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Rosie’s Place, 889 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02118.

Francesco Garofalo

Of Italy, formerly of Chelsea

Franceso Garofalo, formerly of Chelsea, died suddenly on November 16 in his native home in Montefalcione, Italy.

He was 79 years old.

He was the husband of the late Maria (Fabrizio). He leaves his daughter Lina and her husband, Armando Vesce of Montefalcione, Italy, his daughter, Antonella and her husband, Giulio Fiore of Revere and his daughter, Christina and her husband, Gino Recine of Montefalcione, Italy. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Carmine, Franco and Maria Vesce of Montefalcione, Italy and Teresa Fiore of Revere.

He was the loving brother of Angelo, Gentile, Aldo, Gelsomina, Maria, Luisa, Elena, Esterina, Carina, and loving brother in-law of the late Sabino Fabrizio, Domenico Fabrizio, the late Antonio Fabrizio, Antonia Pagliuca, the late Giuseppe Fabrizio, Gerardo Fabrizio and Delia Cassano and their families.

Funeral Services took place in Montefalcione, Italy on November 18. A religious ceremony will take place in Saint Anthony’s Church today, Thursday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Sarah Gottlieb

Chelsea Resident

Sarah (Price) Gottlieb of Chelsea died on November 26.

She was the beloved wife of the late Nelson Gottlieb; dear sister of the late Etta Gerber, Martha Fink, Julius Price, Henry Price, Rose Berdan, Saul Price, Ida Carpenter, and George Price and loving aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Services were held at the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Burial was in Lynn. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Cohen Florence Levine Estates, Bingo Sponsorship, 201 Captains Row, Chelsea, MA 02150. For online guestbook please visit the funeral home website.

Frances Generas

Owner of Jimmy’s Sandwich Shop in Cambridge

Frances L. (O’Connell) Generas of Somerville died on November 20. She was 93 years old.

A retired housemaid for Harvard University, she was a former member of a garden club in Somerville where she won the Best Garden award and the former owner of Jimmy’s Sandwich Shop in Cambridge.

She was the wife of the late James Generas; beloved mother of James T. “Jimmy” Generas of Somerville; daughter of the late Thomas and Florence (Lorgeree) O’Connell; dear sister of John O’Connell of Lynn, Leo O’Connell of Chelsea, Agnes Franson of New Hampshire and the late Donald O’Connell, Margaret Webber, Dorothy King, Warren O’Connell, Gertrude Jones, Alice LaRose. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

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

Desta DeVincentis

Revere resident

Desta (Ribotto) DeVincentis of Revere died on November 24.

She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur DeVincentis; devoted mother of Dalia DeVincentis of Revere and Carl DeVincentis and his wife, Karen of Rowley; cherished grandmother of Michelle DeVincentis of Rowley.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Donations in her name may be made to the charity of one’s choice. For guestbook please visit:

Arthur Breslin, Sr.

Retired Chelsea Fire Department chief’s aide

Arthur L. Breslin, Sr. died at the Light House Nursing Care Center in Chelsea on November 24 following a long illness.  He was 88 years old.

Born in Charlestown, he was the son of the late John and Mary F. (McGonagle) Breslin.  He grew up in Roslindale and graduated from Hyde Park High School in 1941.  On May 14, 1943 he enlisted in the US Navy.  During his three years of service, he was stationed at NTS Newport, RI and served on the USS Texas.  His medals and commendations during his service include the World War II Victory Medal, American Theatre Medal, European African Eastern Theatre Medal 2 stars, Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Medal 2 stars, and the Philippine Liberation.  He was honorably discharged on January 25, 1946.

He later settled in Chelsea and in 1951 joined the Chelsea Fire Department.  His employment provided the city with 24 years of service, ending his career as the Chief’s Aide.  He was a past Commander and Life Member of the Chelsea American Legion, Past Commander of the Malden VFW, life member of the Malden Irish American Assn. and a member of the Beano Committee.

He was the beloved husband of Catherine “Vera” (McBride) Breslin, with whom he shared 64 years of marriage; devoted father of Joanne B. Luti of Chelsea, Arthur L. Breslin, Jr. and his wife, Diane of Connecticut and George J. Breslin and his wife, Janis of Wilmington. He was pre-deceased by four brothers and five sisters and is also lovingly survived by six grandchildren, Dennis J. Luti and his wife, Caitlin of Saugus, Kristen and Ryan Breslin of Wilmington, Lauren, Shannon and Patrick Breslin of Connecticut and four great-grandchildren, Noelle, Matthew, Jason and Joseph.

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

Alice MacDonald

Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea

Alice R. MacDonald of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on November 23 at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center in Revere. She was one month shy of her 90th birthday.

She resided in Chelsea until 1987 when she began receiving supportive care, first at the Parkway Manor Nursing Home in Everett and for the last 10 years at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center in Revere. During World War II, she worked as a welder at the Navy Yard, then as a machinist for Arnold and Copeland and lastly, until her retirement, as an assembler for Chelsea Clock.

The devoted daughter of the late Joseph D. and Alice R. (Kral) MacDonald, she was the beloved sister of Clara Rogerson of Norwell, William MacDonald of Lynnfield and the late Ellen Donnelly, Edna Riley, Rita Goodwin, Anna Benedetti, Joseph, Harry, Donald and Frederick MacDonald and is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Expressions of sympathy in her name may be made to the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center, Activities Fund, 204 Proctor Ave., Revere, MA 02151. To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit

Lena Bradley

Of New Hampshire, formerly of Chelsea

Lena (Calo) Bradley of Nashua, NH, formerly of Chelsea, died on November 21. She was 89 years old.

A homemaker, during World War II, she worked at Sexton Can Company, Everett aiding in the manufacture of shells to be used by the United States military.

She was the beloved mother of Frederick H. Bradley of Nashua, NH, Ellen P. Bradley DeLisio and her husband, Louis of Chelsea, Robert E. Bradley and his wife, Joan of Foxboro, and Richard N. Bradley and his wife, Vicki of Hopkinton, and loving grandmother of seven.

Services and burial were private with arrangements by The Davis Funeral Home, Nashua. NH. An online guest book is available at

John Dellatto

Of Revere, formerly of Boston’s North End

John A. Dellatto of Revere, formerly of Boston’s North End and Malden, died unexpectedly on Thanksgiving Day

He was the devoted father of Linda D. Ford and her husband, Revere Police Lt. Steven J. Ford of Middleton and Daniel M. Dellatto of Chelsea; cherished grandfather of Erica D. and Stephanie M. Ford of Middleton; dear brother of Annette Clark of Medford, Ralph Dellatto and his wife, Carol of North Andover and Marguerite Manne and her husband, Joseph of Billerica and is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Entombment was in the family mausoleum at St. Michael Cemetery, Jamaica Plain. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Salvation Army Citadel, 258 Chestnut St., Chelsea, MA 02150.

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