Obituaries 04-26-2012

John Viarella

East Boston Resident

John F. Viarella of East Boston died on April 23.

He was the husband of Ann (Tecci) Viarella; loving father of John Viarella and his wife, Kimberly of Virginia, Christine (Viarella) Gomes and her husband, Marcus of Revere, and Lisa Ferrara and her husband, Luigi of Saugus; dear brother of Joseph Viarella of Revere, Stephen Viarella of East Boston, Catherine Freni of Medford, and Joanne Stone of Chelsea and the late Michael, Salvatore, and Vincent Viarella and cherished grandfather of John James, Viarella Lindsay Millar, Marcus and Luciano Gomes. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, today, Thursday at 8 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Revere at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For guest book and directions,

Evilio Caraballo

Longtime Chelsea Resident

Evilio Caraballo, a longtime Chelsea resident, died at the Everett Nursing and Rehabilitation in Everett following a long and courageous battle with an overwhelming illness. He was 72 years old.

Born and raised in Guayama, Puerto Rico, he was the son of the late Alejandro and Marie (Hernandez) Caraballo. He attended schools in Puerto Rico and immigrated to the United States in the late 1950s settling in the Bronx, NY. He returned to Puerto Rico and married Aparicia Rodriguez. Together they returned to the United States, settled in Chelsea and raised their family here.

Mr. Caraballo worked various jobs spending time working at Converse in Medford, US Gypsum in Charlestown and at the Shrafft’s Candy factory until its closing. He was an amateur wrestler in his younger days and also enjoyed watching professional wrestling and baseball. In his spare time, he enjoyed working on cars and was a skilled mechanic. Evilio also enjoyed watching The Three Stooges and Tom and Jerry.

He was the beloved husband of Aparicia Caraballo of Chelsea; devoted father of Jay Caraballo and his wife, Laura of Chelsea, Nelson Caraballo and his wife, Janet of Somerville, Shirley Caraballo and her husband, Hector of Revere, Ketsy Caraballo and her husband, Corey of Dorchester and Luis Caraballo of Puerto Rico; dear brother of Carmen, Juanita, Sophia, Junior, Victor, Luis and other siblings in Puerto Rico. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea, today, Thursday, April 26 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway Chelsea at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Henry Murawski

Retired Gourmet Chef

Henry Murawski, a retired gourmet chef, died on April 18 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home where he has been receiving supportive care for the past several years. He was 78 years old.

Born and raised in Kamionce, Poland, he was the son of the late Franciszek and Rozalia (Schroder) Murawski. He received his early education in Poland and was a professionally trained chef. He brought his family to this country in the early 1960’s and settled in Chelsea in 1965. He began working at the Boston Sheraton Hotel as an executive gourmet chef and subsequently worked in the Parker House, the Chilton Club and the Meridian Hotel in Boston. He has been medically disabled since 1986 and had been confined to a wheel chair since that time.

He was the beloved husband of the late Mary (Lorynska) Murawski; devoted father of Thaddeus Murawski and his wife, Lila of Wrentham, Maria Zbawiony of Manchester, NH, Waldemar Murawski and his wife, Joann of Topsfield, Eva Carson of New Hampshire, Elizabeth Murawski of Seabrook, NH and Sophia Murawski of Chelsea; dear brother of Alfons Murawski of Lynn, Jadwiga Paluchowska, Kristina Gudel and Jan Murawski, all of Poland. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Stanislaus Church on Wednesday, April 25. Services concluded with burial at Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Foundation, 17 Lafayette Ave., Chelsea MA 02150. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home.

Ruth Karll

Chelsea Resident

Ruth (Cohen) Karll of Chelsea died on April 21. She was 91 years old.

Born in Malden, she graduated from Malden High School. She has been a resident of Chelsea for more than 70 years and was a former member of the Walnut Street Shul

She was the beloved wife of the late Attorney Morris Karll; devoted mother of Attorney Stephen Karll and his wife, Judy and his late wife, Roselyn and Janis Karll; dear sister of Constance Goldman, the late Abraham Cohen, the late Frances Ruttenberg, the late Gertrude Zicher and the late Beatrice Nannis; loving grandmother of Alysa, Meridith and Rachel and is also survived by nine great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Burial was in Everett. Donations in her memory may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home Foundation, 17 Lafayette Ave. Chelsea, MA 02150. For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website:

Linda Alvarado

Of Chelsea, formerly of Charlestown

Linda M. (Reid) Alvarado of Chelsea, formerly of Charlestown, died on April 20. She was 62 years old.

She was the devoted mother of Abraham Reid and his wife, Robin of Everett, Tracylee Reid and her husband, Waheh of Florida, Raquel Alvarado-Ford of Charlestown and the late Marcus T. Alvarado; loving Nana to October, Marcus Jr., Richard Jr. ,Christopher Jr., Nicholas, Patrick and Shaun; beloved lifelong partner to Lee; beloved sister of Margaret Arroyo, Arthur Reid II, Suzanne Mullen, Susan Durgin, Thomas Reid, Sandra Ortiz, Edward and Michael Reid. She also leaves many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank H. Carr Funeral Home, Charlestown. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Memphis, TN 38101-9908. For obituary and online condolences, please visit

Janis Foley

Member of St. Luke’s Community

Janis T. (Finochio) Foley, a longtime Chelsea resident, died unexpectedly early Thursday morning in the Whidden Memorial Hospital Emergency Dept.  She was 53 years old.

The beloved daughter of Joyce Alajajian of South Boston and the late Theodore Finochio, she was born in Boston and grew up in Jamaica Plain and South Boston. As a young girl she attended Boston Schools.  Throughout her life she became a dear friend to all who knew her.  She held various jobs but was proudest of her time spent working at Industrial Park in Southie as a direct mail sorter and collator.  She would delight in sharing stories of her time working there during the blizzard of 78’.

She and her husband made Chelsea their home for the past 18 years.  She was a member of the St Luke’s Community and volunteer helper and she also frequented Center House in Boston.  She truly loved and held dearly all she came to know during her life.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 18 years, Joseph Lee Foley of Chelsea; her dear sisters: Diane Finochio-Aiello of Woburn, Nancy Finochio-Finigan of Hull, Susan Finochio-Wilson of Rhode Island, Deborah Tracy Shields of Randolph and Leah Tracy Crosta of Quincy. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and many dear friends.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Center House, 31 Bowker St., Boston, MA 02114. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.

Carlo ‘Carl the Biff’ Abruzzio

Of Revere, formerly of the North End

Carlo J. “Carl the Biff” Abruzzio of Revere, formerly of Boston’s North End and Medford, died peacefully on April 16 surrounded by family and friends. He was 84 years old.

He was the beloved husband of 54 years of Marie (Vaccaro), loving father of Thomas Abruzzio of Chelsea, Kenneth Abruzzio of Revere, Carla Havanidis of Revere, and grandfather of George Havanidis of Revere; son of the late Thomas and Christine (Caruso), and brother of the late Thomas Abruzzio. He is also survived by many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and many loving nephews, nieces, and cousins.

The family wishes to express its gratitude to Dr. Caridad and the nurses at Whidden Hospital, and also the Magnotta family and Imbruglia family.

Funeral arrangements were by the Boston Harborside Home, Boston. Burial was at Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. Boston Harborside Home J.S. Waterman & Sons-Langone

Marion Howard

Chelsea Resident

Marion F. (Rackie) Howard of Chelsea died on April 14.

She was the beloved wife of the late Melvin Howard; loving mother of Richard Howard of Cambridge and the late Leslie Killiam; dear sister of Eileen Lyon of Wilmington and the late Richard Racki; cherished grandmother of seven and great grandmother of three.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to MSPCA, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. For guest book:

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