Obituaries 03-08-2012

Edward French

Machinist and Model Maker; Inventor and Tinkerer

Edward G. French, a resident of Tewksbury for more than 50 years, formerly of Chelsea and Revere, died on February 12 at a Lowell nursing home following a short period of declining health. He was 87 years old.

He was the beloved husband of Carolyn Jane (Tilden) French with whom he celebrated his 63rd wedding anniversary this past December 4.

He was born in Chelsea on September 9, 1924, one of seven children of the late Edward and Daisy Blanche (Snow) French and raised in Chelsea and Revere.

During World War II, he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps and served as a flight engineer and gunner aboard B-17’s over Italy and Germany. He successfully completed 35 missions and was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant.

Mr. French moved to Tewksbury in 1959 to raise his family and was employed as a machinist and a model maker for Laboratory for Electronics in Waltham. Throughout his life he was an inventor and tinkerer both at work and as a hobby at home. He will be remembered for having devoted his life to his family.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Edward G. French, Jr., of Tyngsboro and Robert E. French and his wife, Beverly (Ysebaert) of Florida; a daughter, Susan Stewart and her husband, David of Tewksbury; six grandchildren: Joshua French of California, Christopher French, Trevor French and Jared French, all of Florida and David Stewart of Lowell; two great grandchildren, Jessi and Anthony; a brother, Elmer French and his wife, Virginia of Revere and many nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Mary C. Abrams, John French, Elizabeth Tilden, Elsie Veilleux and Donald French.

Private burial was at Puritan Lawn in Peabody. Memorials to the Friends of the Elderly, c/o Tewksbury Senior Center, 175 Chandler St., Tewksbury, MA 01876 will be appreciated.

Janice A. (Gretski) Richardson, a longtime Chelsea resident, died on March 4 at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading following a long illness. She was 75 years old.

Born in Woburn, she was the devoted wife of William Richardson, Sr.; beloved mother of William Richardson, Jr. and his wife, Maria of Malden, Paul Richardson and his wife Donna, Ronald Richardson and his wife Joyce, all of Everett, Alec Richardson and his wife, Linda of Saugus, Thomas Richardson of Chelsea and Janis Richardson of Taunton; dear sister of Alec Gretski of New Hampshire and sister-in-law of James Richardson of Chelsea. She is also lovingly survived by nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Janice Richardson

Longtime Chelsea resident

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Graveside Service today, Thursday, March 8 in Woodlawn Cemetery, 302 Elm Street, Everett at 10 a.m. Parking is available in the Woodlawn Cemetery Chapel parking lot. To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit

Ruth Rotman 

Of Newton and Chelsea 

Ruth (Podolsky) Rotman of Newton and Chelsea died on March 4.

She was the loving wife of the late Morris Rotman; daughter of the late Betty and Max Podolsky; mother of Barry Rotman of Lakeville, Neal Rotman of Spokane, WA and Ellen Rackette of Knoxville, TN; loving sister of Arthur Podolsky and the late Eta Levine; dear friend and sister to her sisters in law Rita Rotman and Anita Podolsky and is also survived by many nieces and nephews, seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

She was comforted in her last years by the staff of the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home.

Funeral arrangements were by the Schlossberg, Solomon Memorial Chapel, Canton. Burial was at Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon. In lieu of flowers, remembrances to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Church St. Station, PO Box 780, Attn: Tribute Gift, New York, NY 10008-0780.

Richard Milano 

Of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston 

Richard Milano of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston, died on March 2.

A US Navy veteran of World War II and a former Postal Worker, he was the beloved husband of the late Josephine Mary (Mastrorio) Milano; cherished son of the late Luigi and Antonetta (DeNunno) Milano; dear brother of the late Antonetta DeMonte and her husband, Domenic of East Boston, Rosemary Doyle, Mary Grieci, Theresa Pelusi, Samuel, Louis, John, Michael, Alfred, and Vincent “Red” Milano and fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was at the VA National Cemetery, Bourne. For directions and guestbook, please visit:

David MacDonald 

Retiree of GE and Lucent Technologies 

David I. MacDonald of Revere died on February 28 following a long illness. He was 84 years old.

A retiree of General Electric of Lynn and Lucent Technologies (AT&T), he was a graduate of Harvard University, Class of 1949, a US Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the Revere Lodge of Elks #1171.

The beloved husband for 60 years to Dorothy E (Sokoloski), he was the dear father of the late David Macdonald and Lois E. Macdonald; devoted brother of the late Catherine Jones, Joseph, Frederick, John, Kenneth, Robert, Leo and George Macdonald and is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by The Vertuccio & Smtih Home For Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery, West Peabody. For further information and more:

Agatha ‘Tina’ Buonopane 

Of Chelsea, formerly of Revere 

Agatha “Tina” (Messina ) Buonopane of Chelsea, formerly of Revere, died on February 28.

A graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1942, she was the beloved wife of the late Richard Buonopane; loving mother of Michael Buonopane of Revere and Janice Casoli and her husband, Robert of Lynnfield and the late James J. Buonopane; dear sister of the late Louis and Joseph Messina and the cherished grandmother of three and great grandmother of five.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the For guestbook:

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