Obituaries 03-15-2012

Anna Zarella

Of Boston’s North End

Anna C. Zarella of Boston’s North End died on March 11.

She is survived by her children: Paul M. Zarella and his wife, Rita, Carol A. Regan, Angela Zarella  and her partner, Cynthia Walsh and Michael R. Karnes; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, as well as her sister Mary DiNardo. She was the sister of five late siblings:, the late Stephan, Jerry, Joseph and Samuel Scalfani and Accurzia Greatorex.

Funeral arrangements are by the Boston Harborside Home of J.S. Waterman & Sons-Langone, 580 Commercial St., Boston 8:45 a.m. today, Thursday, March 15 with a Mass at Sacred Heart Church, Boston, followed by burial at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Arlington, MA. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society , P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or at Boston Harborside Home J.S. Waterman & Sons-Langone


Jack Skiddell

Rust Craft Greeting Cards Retiree

Jack Skiddell of Chelsea died on March 11. He was 85 years old.

Born in Boston, he was a Chelsea resident for more than 80 years. He was educated in the Chelsea School System and was a retired pressman for Rust Craft Greeting Cards of Dedham.

He was a member of the American Legion Posts of Chelsea and Revere, a proud veteran of World War II and the Korean War and an avid Boston Celtic’s Fan.

He was the beloved husband of the late Evelyn Skiddell; the devoted father of Rabbi Elliot Skiddell and his wife, Julie, Sandra Phillips and her husband, William, Joseph Skiddell and his wife, Jacqueline, Marci Elman and her husband, Steven, Lauri Rawls and her husband, James and Yona Bollinger and her husband, Zev; the dear brother of Myra Barry, the late Harris Skiddell and the late Elliot Skiddell; loving grandfather of Joshua, Lindsey, Sarit, Elanit, Noam, Chad, Jessica, Seth, Moshe, Miriam, Rebecca, Tova and Shashona. He was also the loving great grandfather of Yonathan.

Services were held at the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Burial was in Everett. Memorial observance will be held through Thursday evening (tonight) at the home of Marci Elman. Donations in his memory may be made to the Chelsea Soldier’s Home, 91 Crest Ave. Chelsea, MA 02150. For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website, 

John O’Callaghan

Member of VFW and Retiree of Local 17 International Union of Sheetmetal Workers

John J. O’Callaghan of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on March 9 following a brief illness. He was 81 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he moved to Revere 59 years ago. For 60 years, he was a member of Local 17, International Union of Sheetmetal Workers and retired in 1992 from Harrington Brothers of Medford. He served with the US Navy during the Korean Conflict from March of 1951 to October of 1952 as a Seabee and was a member of the VFW Mottollo Post 4524 of Revere.

He was the beloved and cherished husband of 59 years of Maria J. (Romanelli) O’Callaghan; devoted father of Marianne Toppen and her husband, Theodore S. of Malden and John Vincent O’Callaghan of Chantilly, VA; dear brother of Richard C. O’Callaghan and his wife, Rosemary and their family of Peabody.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Remembrances may be made to the charity of your choice . For further information:

Margaret ‘Dolly’ Faletra

Co-owned former Benedict’s Beauty Salon of Everett; retiree of former Sea-lect Wholesale Foods in Chelsea

Margaret M. “Dolly” (DeMartino) Faletra, a longtime resident of Chelsea, died unexpectedly on March 9 after a period of failing health. She was 79 years old.

The co-owner of the former Benedict’s Beauty Salon of Everett, she was the retired Accounts Receivable Clerk for the former Sea-lect Wholesale Foods in Chelsea.

Born in Everett, she was the beloved wife of Benedict D. “Buddy” Faletra; dear and devoted mother of Sharon M. LaRosa and her husband, Frank of Sweden, ME; Paula Scudieri and her husband, Frank of Wakefield and Benedict Faletra and his partner, Barbara Gratton of Chelsea; sister of Achilles DeMartino of Roslindale and the late Armando, Silvio, Robert and Joseph DeMartino and Rose Magno; loving grandmother of Jay and Leanne LaRosa and Carissa and Sal Scudieri.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory to Sister Disciples of the Divine Master, 43 West St. Boston, MA 02111, would be sincerely appreciated.

Milton ‘Mickey’ Solomon

Owned Solomon Metals Corp. in Lynn

Milton “Mickey” Solomon of Marblehead, formerly of Chelsea, died on March 8 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was 85 years old.

Mr. Solomon was born and raised in Chelsea, graduated from Chelsea High School with the Class of 1945 and remained an active member of the reunion committee.

He owned and operated Solomon Metals Corp. in Lynn and continued to work as his health allowed. He was past president of Temple Tifereth Israel of Winthrop and a board member of the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home and Camp Bauercrest in Amesbury. He was a longtime member of Congregation Shirat Hayam and a Mason.

The devoted husband of Irene (Bluestein), he was the beloved father of Karen Solomon, Marcy Slovin and her partner, Les Selbowitz, Laurie and her husband, Lee Caplan and Alan and his wife, Rebecca Solomon; cherished grandfather of Ashley, Max and Hannah Solomon, Joshua and Elissa Slovin, Matthew and Shira Caplan and Levi Solomon and dear brother of the late Sylvia Wheeler, Moe Solomon, Lena Cramer, Ida Shook and Isaac Solomon.

Services were held at Congregation Shirat Hayam, Swampscott. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Congregation Shirat Hayam or the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. For on line condolences:


Antonio Silva

Retired Truck Driver

Antonio M. Silva, a retired truck driver, died on March 7 at the Chelsea Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following a sudden decline in health. He was 88 years old.

Born in East Boston, he was the son of the late Emanuel D. and Gertrude (Santos) Silva. He attended local schools and after graduating from East Boston High School, he enlisted in the US Army and served during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1949.

After returning from the Army, he continued his education enrolling at Boston University. He married his beloved wife, Marjorie and together they settled in Chelsea. He worked for many years as a truck driver for Universal Fixtures, an electrical supply company in Quincy.

He was the devoted husband of Marjorie M. Silva,  the devoted father and father in law of Maryann Silva-Munoz and her husband, Rafael Munoz, all of Lynn. cherished Godfather of Erica Monteiro and Vanessa Cruz and adored uncle of Roberto Fortes, Buffy Fermino and many other nieces and nephews. He was the brother of several late brothers and sisters.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Rose Church on March 12. Services concluded with Military Honors followed by burial at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. To send expressions of sympathy to the family, please visit Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.

Carmela Sciacca

East Boston Resident

Carmela (Noe) Sciacca of East Boston died on March 6. She was 79 years old.

She was the cherished daughter of the late Domenica (Di Grande) and Frank Noe; loving wife of the late Antonio Sciacca; beloved mother of Josephine Sciacca of East Boston and her companion, Joe Amato; loving sibling of Vincenza Sciacca of Chelsea, Joseph Noe of Boston, Santo Noe of East Boston, and the late Vincenzo Noe; adored aunt of Domenic Sciacca and his wife, Betsy of Chelsea, Frank Sciacca and his wife, Lauri Anne of Revere and Annmarie Sellers and her husband, Justin of Litchfield, NH and great aunt of Melissa Sciacca and Ava and Chloe Sellers.  She is also survived by many loving relatives and friends in Italy.

Funeral arrangements were by the Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

Edward Cooper

Chelsea Youth Basektball League Board Member and Coach

Edward Cooper of Chelsea died unexpectedly at home on March 8. He was 71 years old.

An accountant for many local companies and board member and coach for the Chelsea Youth Basketball League, Edward passed away unexpectedly at home at the age of 71.

He was the husband of Jacquline (Burke); father of Keith Cooper, Sr. and his wife, Joedy of Worcester, Kelly Thibeault and her husband, Normand of Penacook, New Hampshire and Christopher Lukatis of Revere; brother of Janice Mayer of Illinois and Nancy Page-Cooper of Colorado; grandfather of Melinda Burke of Waltham, Keith Cooper II of Worcester, Tanya Poulin of Lynn and Taylor Poulin of Penacook, New Hampshire.

At the request of the family, funeral services are private. Expressions of sympathy in his name may be made to a charity of your choice. To send a message of condolence to Ed’s family please visit

Edith Weiss 

Chelsea Resident, formerly of Revere 

Edith (Bluestein) Weiss of Chelsea, formerly of Malden and Revere, died on March 12. She was 90 years old.

She was the devoted wife of the late Murray Weiss; loving step-mother of Barry Weiss, Jack Weiss and Anita Altman; dear sister of the late Celia Bower, Lillian Edner, Abraham, Alec, Bernard, Jordan, Nathan and Samuel Bluestein and cherished aunt of many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Services will be  held at the Goldman Funeral Chapel, 174 Ferry St. (off Route 60) Malden today, Thursday, March 15 at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Everett. Condolence calls may be made following the burial at the home of Maura and Robert Baker, 136 Gibbs St., Newton Centre until 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home Foundation, 17 Lafayette Ave Chelsea 02150. For directions and online condolences go to:

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