Obituaries 02-23-2012

Jeanette ‘Jeanie’ Letizia

Retired Bank Accountant

Jeanette E. ‘Jeanie’ Letizia, a retired bank accountant, died at Life Care of Stoneham on Friday evening February 17.  She was 81 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late John and Fillomena (Lillo) Letizia.  She attended Chelsea schools and settled in Malden together with her sisters and family many years ago. She has been residing in Melrose for the past 16 years.

She worked in the banking field as an office accountant and retired from Citicorp in Boston after a long career.  She enjoyed world traveling from Europe to Hawaii, spending winters in Hilton Head, SC and summers on Plum Island.  She possessed an independent spirit, combined with a loving and generous heart.

She was the dear sister and sister in law of Jessie Letizia of Malden and her late husband, Frank Letizia, the late Anthony and Eleanor Letizia, Rose A. Letty and Mildred Letizia; cherished aunt of Christine and Howard Tepper of Vermont, Joanne and Bob Gover of Newbury, Frank Letizia of Malden, Suzanne Letizia-Eddy of Weymouth, Debra and Rich Burchill of Wakefield and John and Denise Letizia of Revere.  She is also survived by her best and lifelong friends, Clare Proctor and Eleanor Hooton.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Stanislaus Church with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.  Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Stanislaus Church. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home.

Adelle Zebrowski

Proud Veteran of World War II

Adelle M. (Wlodyka) Zebrowski died on February 19

at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Emergency Dept. in Boston after a sudden decline of health. She was 101 years old.

Born in Lawrence on February 9, 1911, she was the daughter of the late Grzegorz and Bronislawa Wlodyka.   She was raised with her siblings in Chelsea, attended St Stanislaus Parochial School, graduated from Chelsea High School and was professionally trained as a hairdresser and beautician.  She initially worked for a beauty shop in Newton Upper Falls during the late 1930’s and early 40’s.  In 1943, during World War II, she enlisted in the US Navy WAVES. She was stationed at various Naval Air Stations across the United States and lastly in Pearl Harbor where she received her Honorable Discharge in 1945 holding the rank of Storekeeper 2cl.

She returned to Chelsea and in 1947 was married to Stanley J. Zebrowski.  They settled in West Newton where she was a long time parishioner of St Bernard’s Parish in West Newton and frequent communicant of St Stanislaus Church in Chelsea which she always considered her home parish.  Her husband passed away in 1997 after sharing 50 years of marriage.  She remained in West Newton until 2005 when she took residence with her sister in Winthrop.  She has been a resident of the Prospect House in Revere for the past four years.

Adelle remained active all her life and recently was able to celebrate her 101st birthday with family and friends at her residence.   She was a proud veteran and member of Waves National, Unit 17, Old Ironsides attending many national conventions.

She was the dear sister of Janet Wlodyka of Revere, the late Josephine “Jody” Wlodyka, Pauline Wojciechowski, Rev. Stanley Wlodyka O.F.M. Conv. and CPD Lt. Henry J. Wlodyka; beloved aunt of Thomas and Dolly Wlodyka of Scituate, Thomas Kowalewski of Winthrop and the late Linda A. Kowalewski; cherished great aunt of Leslie Ann Delisle of Roslindale, Amy Beth McLaughlin of Rockland and Ross Thomas of Scituate.

Her Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, February 23 at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea at 9:30 a.m.  Services will conclude with burial at  Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.  For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Alan Abkowitz

Of New Hampshire, formerly of Everett

Alan Abkowitz of Raymond, NH, formerly of Everett, died on February 16.

He was the beloved husband of the late Marilyn (Berger) Abkowitz; devoted father of Jeff Abkowitz; loving son of the late Dr. Herbert Abkowitz and Marion G (Kaufman); dear brother of Karen Schnall and is also survived by one niece.

Funeral arrangements were by the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Burial was in Tifereth Israel of Revere Cemetery, Everett. Contributions in his memory may be made to American Cancer Society, 9 Riverside Road, Weston, MA 02493

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Charles Louis Sclafani

Everett Resident

Charles Louis Sclafani of Everett died on February 14.

He was the loving father of Maria and Nicole Sclafani, both of Revere and Melissa McCusker and her fiancé, Joe Silva of Chelsea; son of the late Lucy and Gus Sclafani and brother of Kay Valeri and her husband, Frank and the late Michael Sclafani, who is survived by his wife, Lilly as well as a loving grandson, Randy A. McCusker, Jr.

A Memorial Mass will take place today, Thursday, February 23 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Everett at 10 a.m. followed by burial at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leonard Florence Center, 165 Captain’s Row, Chelsea, MA 02150.

Anne McCauley

Worked for RMV and Jeveli’s Restaurant in East Boston

Anne M. (Silva) McCauley of Melrose, formerly of Malden, Everett and Chelsea, died recently.

She was an employee of the Registry of Motor Vehicles and a longtime waitress at Jeveli’s in East Boston

She was the devoted wife of the late William P. McCauley, Sr.; daughter of the late Emmanuel and Catherine (Barbaro) Silva; beloved mother of William P. McCauley, Jr. of Malden, Peter John McCauley and Michael James McCauley, both of Melrose; cherished grandmother of Cassie Ann and Joseph McCauley of Melrose and Kristen and Nicole McCauley of Orange; loving sister of Emmanuel “Manny” Silva of Lynn, Carol Currier of Derry, NH, Mary Louise Beckner of California and the late Rachel O’Leary and Irene Adayno and dear friend of Reita Colard of Pepperell. She is also survived by 17 nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Carroll Funeral Home, (Maplewood Square) Malden. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Helen Johnston

Active member of Grace Episcopal Church

Helen M. (Deane) Johnston, a lifelong resident of Everett, died on February 16. She was 93 years old.

A life time member of the Grace Episcopal Church where she was an active participant in all church fairs, fundraisers and suppers, she was the wife of the late James S. Johnston, the beloved mother of Deane S. Johnston of Everett and the late Glen N. Johnston; daughter of the late Samuel and Susan M. (Baskin) Deane; dear sister of Samuel Deane of Florida and the late William Deane, Elizabeth Deane, Alma Crewson and is also lovingly survived by nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

A Holy Eucharist Service was celebrated in the Grace Episcopal Church, Everett. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.  In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the above named Church.  Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals in Chelsea.

Joseph Michael Chaput

Worked at Curuoflite Stairs and Dick’s Cafe

Joseph Michael Chaput of Wakefield, formerly of Beachmont and Chelsea, died on February 16 at the Wakefield Care and Rehabilitation Center after a courageous 19 month battle with cancer. Born in Chelsea, he lived here for 37 years before moving to the Beachmont section of Revere. He was a graduate of the Northeast Vocational High School and was employed as an interior mill worker for Curuoflite Stairs on Spencer Avenue in Chelsea and also worked as a bartender at Dick’s Cafe in Cary Square.

He was the devoted companion of Beth Fronczak of Chelsea; son of the late Arthur and Mildred (Bonds) Chaput; beloved brother of Francine Chaput, A. Paul Chaput and his wife, Carol Forte, Edward G. Chaput and James Chaput and his wife, Cynthia Peach, all of Wakefield, William S. Chaput and wife, Danielle of Tewksbury and John Chaput and his wife, Maria of Wakefield. He is also lovingly survived by his son, Grant Tame and two grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Expressions of sympathy in his name may be made to the Colon Cancer Alliance, Rhode Island Chapter, 1025 Vermont Ave., NW, Suite 1066, Washington, DC 20005. To send a message of condolence to his family, please visit

Joseph Haverty

Retired Internal Revenue Agent

Joseph J. Haverty of Melrose, formerly of Brighton, died at the Whidden Memorial Hospital. He was 88 years old.

Raised in Brighton and a resident of Melrose for 41 years, he was a graduate of Boston University School of Business, a member of Patton’s 3rd Army, a Boston School teacher and an enrolled Internal Revenue Agent. After retiring, he worked for the City of Melrose in the Office of Public Works.

He was the husband of Agnes (Masel) Haverty; the loving son of the late Martin and Catherine (Lane) Haverty; the loving brother of the late Helen Haverty, Mary Dayton, Irene Smith, Lucy Winkler and Ann Eldredge and is lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Expressions of sympathy in his name may be made to the Mass Citizens for Life, Schrafft Center, Suite 1M9, 529 Main Street, Charlestown, MA 02129. To send a message of condolence to his family, please visit

Samuel Weener

Operated former Weener’s Market in Chelsea

Samuel Weener of Marblehead, formerly of Chelsea, died on February 14 after a brief illness in the Kaplan Family Hospice in Danvers. He was 95 years old.

Born in Chelsea, the son of the late Isadore and Sarah (Shaffer) Weener, he graduated from Chelsea High School and has lived in Marblehead since 1959.

With his father, he operated Weener’s Market, a retail kosher market in Chelsea from the 1930’s to the 1960’s.

From 1955 to 1959, he was associated with the wholesale beef industry and from 1959 to 1989 he was a co-proprietor of the Sprague Bros. Co., Inc. in Roxbury. In 1989 he became a consultant to Frank Bertolinno Beef Co. in Boston until his death.

He was a US Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Jewish War Veterans, the Ocean Hammet Masonic Lodge, the Knights of Pythias, a life member of B’nai B’rith Market Lodge and a former member of Temple Israel of Swampscott and Congregation Ahabat Sholom in Lynn.

He was the beloved husband of the late Edith (Klein) Weener; devoted father of Barbara Lee and her husband, Isaac Benhaim of Israel, Barry Weener of Marblehead and the late Ronald Scott Weener; loving brother of Daniel and his wife, Florence Weener of Needham, Milton Weener of Natick, the late William and his late wife, Fred Weener and Albert Weener; cherished grandfather of Miki Benhaim, Sarit Benhaim, Seth and Derek Weener, Kory and Zach Weener and great-grandfather of Shai Polishook.

Funeral arrangements were by the Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, Swampscott. Burial was in the Congregation Shirat Hayam Cemetery (Temple Israel Section) Lowell Street, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be donated to the charity of your choice.

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