Obituaries 12-15-2011

Miguel Toro, Jr.

Miguel Toro, Jr. of Chelsea died unexpectedly at home on December 7. He was 47 years old.

Born in New York, he came to Chelsea as a child in 1967. He was employed by Securitas Security Services of Boston for over 12 years and previously worked at Restaurant Depot for five years.

The devoted father of Anthony M. Toro, he was the beloved son of Doris Vega and Miguel Toro, Sr. both of Chelsea; brother of Luis Toro of Chelsea and Maureen Toro of Boston.

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

Emma Ferguson Plummer

New Hampshire Resident

Emma Ferguson (MacMillan) Plummer of Hudson, NH, loving wife and mother, died December 10 after a short illness. She was 87 years old.

Her career as a secretary, bookkeeper, and controller included Green Ridge Restaurant, Nashua Brass/Unicast, and Hudson Paving. She enjoyed gardening, travel, cooking, and reading.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Plummer, with whom she celebrated over 61 years of marriage; a daughter, Susan Mastyl, of Harborton, VA and a son, Christopher Plummer, of Cave Creek, AZ. She was born in Chelsea, grew up in Melrose, and moved to Nashua, NH, in 1958. She was the daughter of the late Douglas and Mary (Smith) MacMillan, and was the sister of the late Jean MacLean and Martha Martin.

A service of remembrance and thanksgiving was held at the Dumont Sullivan Funeral Home, Hudson, NH. The family asks that donations be made to St. Joseph’s Hospital, 3 North, attn: Holly Mitchell, 172 Kinsley St., Nashua, NH 03060, or to the American Cancer Society , 2 Commerce Dr. Suite 110, Bedford, NH 03110. To send an online message of condolence, please visit

Raymond P. “Ray” Laffey, Jr.

Retired Chelsea Police Officer

Raymond P. “Ray” Laffey, Jr. died at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, surrounded by his family, on December 6. He was 67 years old.

Born in Revere, he was the son of the late Raymond P. Sr. and Doris (Guittar) Laffey. He grew up in Chelsea, attended Chelsea Public Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. In 1964, he became a Chelsea Police Officer and provided the city with seven years of service before retiring in 1971, due to injury.

He was the beloved husband of Faith Jones-Laffey; dear father of Francine M. Dorrance of Stoneham, Robert W. Laffey and his wife, Denise of Chelsea, Renee Zelaya of Chelsea, Philip L. Laffey of New Hampshire and the late Raymond P. Laffey, III. He was the brother of the late John W. Laffey and Doris M. Connelly and is also lovingly survived by nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Bernard Theberge, Jr.

Of New Hampshire, formerly of Chelsea

Bernard J. Theberge, Jr. of Merrimack, NH died at Catholic Medical Center, Manchester, NH on November 10. He was 65 years old.

He was a US Army veteran stationed in Germany from 1963 to 1966.  Born in Rumford, Maine, he lived in Chelsea for many years before moving to Merrimack, New Hampshire. He was employed by Merrimack Veterinarian Hospital as a maintenance worker as well as being responsible for caring for the animals.

He is survived by his wife, Lyndell and his two children, Nicole and Christopher; six grandchildren, Rebecca, Natasha, Luis, Miguel, Jada and Jasmine and one great granddaughter, Bianca. He was the son of the late Bernard J. Theberge, Sr., and Ann R Theberge of

Chelsea and also leaves his brothers and

sisters, Brad Doyan, Shannon Cote, Joseph Theberge, Sr.

and his wife, Eileen of Nashua, New Hampshire, Mr. Dennis Theberge, Sr. and his wife, Donna of Bayville, NJ, Pamela Marden and her husband, Michael of Revere, Timothy Theberge of West Roxbury and Kimberly Theberge of Chelsea. He leaves many nieces and nephews and many great nieces and great nephews.

Arrangements were by The Rivet Funeral Home of Merrimack, NH.

Sophie Charney

Of Brookline, formerly of Chelsea

Sophie Charney of Brookline, formerly of Chelsea, died on December 7. She was 92 years old.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Julius and Fannie (Levine) Charney; dear sister of Mildred Fishlin of Medford; devoted aunt of Alan Fishlin and his wife, Maria of Tewksbury and Jerry Fishlin and his wife, Michelle of Holmdel, NJ; great aunt of Lisa Fishlin of New Haven, CT and Blakely and Natalie Fishlin of Holmdel, NJ. She also leaves behind the family of her niece, Maria with whom she shared many happy occasions.

Arrangements were by Levine Chapels, Brookline. Remembrances may be made to Hadassah, 200 Reservoir St. #103, Needham, MA 02494 or a charity of your choice.

Robert Wilcox

Of Malden, formerly of Chelsea

Robert J. Wilcox of Malden, formerly of Chelsea and Pembroke, MA, died peacefully on December 1.

He was the beloved son of the late James and Mary (Mason) Wilcox; brother of the late William Wilcox and the late James Wilcox, Susan Broder of Chelsea, and Nancy Archdeacon and her husband, Kevin of Lynnfield; loving father of Christopher Wilcox of Rockland, Anthony Wilcox and his wife, Anna of Fitchburg, Claudia Powers and her husband Paul of Union, ME and Adrianne Wilcox and her companion, Matt Kuhn of Brooklyn, NY.  He is also survived by his grandson, Myles Wilcox of Fitchburg; his loving companion of many years, Suzanne Curtin of Malden, and his ex-wife Anne White of Marshfield, MA and many special nieces and nephews.

A private Interment will take place at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Massachusetts College of Art general scholarship, Mass Art Foundation, 621 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA, 02115. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home.

Grace Margaret Ultsch

Recipient of Presidential Commendation for Service to the Elderly

Grace Margaret (McComisky) Ultsch died peacefully on December 2 in Plantation, Florida. She was 92 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Kenneth B. Ultsch, Sr., she was born on November 25, 1919 in Chelsea. She was raised in Chelsea and most recently resided in Laconia, NH and then Plantation, FL. She devoted her whole life to her family and their care as well as much of her time to those around her who were in need of help and companionship. Well into her eighties she was working in the Senior Companion Program in Laconia. For her contribution to this program, she received a Presidential Commendation of which she was extremely proud.

Mrs. Ultsch was the mother of The Rev. Francis C. Ultsch of Oxford, England and Arthur W. Ultsch of Sunrise, Florida and the late Kenneth B. Ultsch, Jr. and Walter C. Ultsch. She was the mother in law of Irene, widow of Kenneth, Barbara, widow of Walter and Sheila, wife of Francis. She is affectionately remembered as “Nana” by her 13 grandchildren. Her extended family also includes 17 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. For condolences

Katherine Dorney

Pennsylvania Resident

Katherine G. Dorney of Jersey Shore, PA died on December 8.

She is survived by three daughters, Patricia (Allen) Yufer, Mill Hall, PA; Elaine Dorney, Jersey Shore, PA and Sharon Coss, Groton, Mass.

Graveside committal services were held at Riverside Cemetery, North Reading. Arrangements were entrusted to the Dean. K. Wetzler, Jr. Funeral Home, 320 Main St., Mill Hall, PA 17751

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