Obituaries 12-29-2011

Wallace Antczak

Retired Rigger and Lifelong Chelsea Resident

Wallace J. Antczak, a retired rigger and lifelong Chelsea resident, died at home on Christmas Day surrounded by his beloved family after a courageous battle with overwhelming illness.  He was 88 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the beloved son of the late Walter and Frances (Krupa) Antczak.  He first attended St. Stanislaus parochial and Shurtleff elementary schools and later graduated from Chelsea High School.

In 1942, during World War II, he enlisted in the US Navy and served aboard the USS Mobile. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and returned to Chelsea.  Soon thereafter, he married Angelina (Curcio) and together they raised their family of two sons and two daughters. He worked as a Rigger at the Boston Navy Shipyard for 25 years, retiring when the yard closed in July of 1974.

He was strongly devoted to his family and was a devout Catholic. He was a faithful communicant at St. Michael the Archangel Chapel where he volunteered his services and labor to paint the sanctuary and other ancillary rooms as well.  He would also assist by bringing wheelchair bound veterans to Mass.

He was the beloved husband of 64 years of Angelina (Curcio) Antczak of Chelsea; the devoted father and father in law of Patricia Burge and her husband, John of Chelsea, Josephine Stanton of Roslindale, Molly Antczak of Reading and her late husband, Francis M. and Thomas W. Antczak; loving son of the late Walter and Frances (Krupa) Antczak; cherished grandfather of Amy Isbell, Michael, Thomas and Andrew Antczak, John and Robert Burge, Tricia and Mary Jo Stanton; adored great-grandfather of Jacey, Paige, Jake, Nolan, Shaun and Molly Mae Antczak and Dana and Sophia Isbell.   He was predeceased by one brother and two step brothers.

His Funeral will be held in St. Michael the Archangel Chapel (Cardinal Cushing Pavilion) at the Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea, today, Thursday, December 29 at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Chapel at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to; The Oblate Fathers, 486 Chandler St., Tewksbury, MA 01876, or the Poor Clare Nuns of Boston, 920 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.  To send expressions of sympathy, please visit Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.

Charles ‘Charlie’ Santagate

Retired Salesman

Charles “Charlie” Santagate of Delray Beach, Florida, formerly of Malden, Chelsea and Revere, died on December 24 after a heroic battle with cancer.

Known for his good-natured personality, his generosity and his hearty laugh, he won many awards during his long career as a salesman. He served in the US Navy from 1958 to1962 on the Boston-based ice-breaker USS Atka as part of “Operation Deep Freeze.”

He is survived by his loving wife, Jayne; daughters Lisa Santagate, Christine Landale and Kimberley Gulley; stepchildren, Mary Beth Farrell, Jeannie DeMarsico, Matthew Tower and Tammy Deeb. He was the cherished grandfather of 11, great grandfather of one and the brother of Anthony, Joseph and the late Stephen.

A private seaside service in Delray Beach, Florida is planned. Arrangements are by Cremation Services of Mid-Florida, 122 State Street, Davenport, FL 33837. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cornerstone Hospice, 2590 Havendale Blvd., Winter Haven, FL 33881.

Marietta ‘Minnie’ Weiner

Of Chelsea and Saugus

Marietta “Minnie” (Edelstein) Weiner of Chelsea and Saugus died on December 25.

She was the beloved wife of the late Robert Weiner; devoted mother of Michael J. Weiner and his wife, Darlene of New Hampshire and Sheila C. Pistone and her husband, Paul of Saugus; loving daughter of the late Max and Mollie (Wiseman) Edelstein; dear sister of Pauline Orloff of Swampscott and the late James Adelstein, Harold Adelstein, and Helen Edelstein; loving grandmother of Marc Pistone, Nicole Pistone and Farrah Monahan.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Burial was in Everett. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 9 Riverside Road, Weston, MA 02493, or to the American Diabetes Association , 330 Congress Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02210. For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website:

Alvin Oster

Of Newtonville, formerly of Chelsea

Alvin M. Oster of Newtonville, formerly of Brighton and Chelsea, died on December 23.

He was the devoted husband of the late Linda Hope (Goldman); loving father of Joel and Elisabetta Oster of Brookline and Alan and Jade Orvis of Kentucky; cherished grandfather of Michela, Albert, Aaron, Linda, Claudio, Harrison, Lila, and Alyssa; dear brother of Bella Brickman, Jack Oster, and the late Edith Ziskind and Charles Rudnick; fond uncle to Bruce, Carolyn, Frances, Paul, Scott, Jay and Stephen; cherished life partner of Ellen Kaplan of Newton and gentle, kind, and generous friend to all he met.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Levine Chapels, Brookline. Burial was at Vilno Cemetery, West Roxbury. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to American Heart Assoc. 20 Speen St.,Natick,MA 01701.

Lores Keating

Retired Shoe Industry Employee

Lores (Neri) Keating, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died on December 21. She was 89 years old.

A retired shoe industry employee for 30 years, she was the wife of the late Edward T. Keating; beloved mother of Linda L. Finnegan of Chelsea, Thomas E. Keating and his wife, Lee A. of Tewksbury; mother-in-law of the late Joseph J. Finnegan; dear sister of Rose Ryan of Chelsea, Rita Yannetti of Yarmouth, Raymond Neri of Chelsea and the late Alice Deleidi, twins Prima Wheeler and Seconda Neri, Wanda Pezzuto and Elsie Bizzocchi. She is also lovingly survived by five grandchildren, Thomas E. Keating of Chelmsford, Christopher T. Keating and John J. Keating, both of Lowell, Meredith Keating of Tewksbury and Patrick J. Finnegan of Chelsea and three great-grandchildren, Caroline Keating and Griffin Keating, both of Chelmsford and Leah St. Croix Finnegan of Revere.

Funeral arrangements were by the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, Chelsea. Entombment was in Sheffield Mausoleum in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association . MA/ NH Chapter 311 Arsenal St. Watertown,MA02472.

Tina Cesario

Retired Secretary

Tina R. (Tranquillo) Cesario of Revere died on December 23. She was 89 years old.

Born in the North End of Boston and a retired secretary, she was the beloved wife of Paolo Scimemi of Chelsea; devoted mother of Roseann Costello and husband, James of Revere and the late Louie Cesario; dear sister of four brothers and one sister; cherished grandmother of three and great-grandmother of five.

Funeral arrangements were the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Mausoleum. For guestbook please visit

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