Obituaries 05-17-2012

Marietta Mele

Arlington Resident

Marietta Mele of Arlington died on May 10.

She was the loving mother of Rosemarie Federico of Chelsea; devoted sister of Mary Coleman of Salem and the late Frank Mele, Eugene Mele, Mariaanntone Mele and Angelina Mele; cherished grandmother of Cheryl A. Federico of Michigan, Stephanie Federico of Malden, Elizabeth Garcia of Waltham and loving great grandmother of Rhianna Garcia of Waltham. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial to be held in Saint Agnes Church, Arlington on Monday, May 21 at 11 a.m. Visiting hours at the request of the family are omitted. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Arlington. To send flowers or sign guest book, please visit: Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Gaffey Funeral Home, 43 High St., Medford Square, Medford. 781-396-7700

Agnes Thompson

Former Secretary for Chelsea Building Department and Switchboard Operator at Soldier’s Home

Agnes L. (O’Brien) Thompson, a lifelong Chelsea resident, died on May 13 at the Leonard Florence Center for Living where she had been receiving supportive care. She was 82 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late John J. and Elizabeth (Hanlon) O’Brien.

She graduated from St. Rose Elementary and High School, married Clifford H. Thompson, Jr. and together they raised their family in Chelsea. Her beloved husband died in 2010 after they shared 60 years of marriage together.

Mrs. Thompson, who worked for the City of Chelsea as a secretary for the Building Department for many years and later at the switchboard of the Chelsea Soldiers Home, enjoyed the company of family and friends and playing “BINGO” in her spare time.

She was the devoted mother of John Thompson and his wife, Laurie of Lynn, Clifford Thompson and his wife, Julia of Lexington, Michael Thompson and his wife, Claire of West Peabody and Glenn Thompson of Texas; cherished grandmother of Clifford Barton, Caitlyn, Michael, Brittany and Sam and dear sister of the late James, Albert and Edward O’Brien, Beatrice Bishop and Edna Flaherty.

Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, May 18 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 10:30 a.m. Services will conclude with burial at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Jean Bazylewicz

Award Winning Frame Designer and Needlepoint Artist

Jean M. (Mugford) Bazylewicz, Frame Designer and Needlepoint Artist, died at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers early Saturday morning May 12surrounded by her loving family.  She was 66 years old.

The loving daughter of the late Frederick J. and Marie B. (Donovan) Mugford, she grew up in Chelsea, attended local schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. She married Robert “Buzzy” Bazylewicz and the couple resided in Chelsea for many years before settling in Lynnfield for the last 27 years.

She worked for the Chelsea Provident Bank during the 1960’s and 1970’s and also worked as a frame Designer for Charles River Frame Co. in Chelsea.  After it closed, she continued as a Frame Designer and was recently working for Ideal Frame in Danvers. She was also a talented Needlepoint Artist who has received countless awards and Blue Ribbons for her works displayed annually at the Topsfield Fair.  She also enjoyed antiquing and collecting many old treasurers.

She was the beloved wife of 47 years to Robert P. “Buzzy” Bazylewicz; dear sister of Joan Maria and her husband, Robert of No. Andover, James Mugford of Florida, MA, June Clark of Methuen and her late husband, Lance and Kathy Sabet and her husband, Wally of No. Andover. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham MA 01701. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Evelyn Kummins

Of Marblehead, formerly of Lynn

Evelyn L. (Gartz) Kummins of Marblehead, formerly of Lynn, died on May 12. She was 81 years old.

Devoted to family and Temple Sinai, she was a graduate of Lynn Classical High School, Class of 1947 and Chandler School of Business.

The beloved wife of Bernard Kummins, she was the devoted mother of Susan Kummins, Rachael Kummins and Jerold Kummins and his wife, Randy; loving daughter of the late David and Jean (Stern) Gartz; dear sister of Doris Hirsch and loving “Bobie” of Joshua and Allyson.

Funeral arrangements were by Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Burial was in Chevra Mishna Cemetery, Lynn. Memorial contributions may be made to the Evelyn L. Kummins discretionary fund for the benefit of Temple Sinai, 1 Community Road, Marblehead, MA  01945. For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website:

Adele Mikolajewski

Worked for American Optical

Adele (Sliwinski) Mikolajewski of Lynnfield, formerly of Chelsea, died on May 12 at the Winchester Hospital. She was 94 years old.

Born in Chelsea and a resident of Lynnfield for many years, she was a glazier for American Optical

She was the devoted wife of the late Wallace Mikolajewski; beloved mother of Geraldine Douglas and her husband, Arthur of Lynnfield, Daniel Mikolajewski and his wife, Elizabeth of Chelsea and the late Edward and Walter Miles; dear mother-in-law of Joyce Miles of Wilmington and is also lovingly survived by four grandchildren, three great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit


Janet Ring

Chelsea Resident

Janet A. (Bateman) Ring of Chelsea died recently. She was 54 years old.

She was the beloved wife of the late Richard Allen Ring; devoted mother of Robert D. and his wife, Christina Green of Saugus, Jennifer J. and her husband, Christian De Brun of Saugus, and Jessica D. Ring of Saugus; cherished sister of Karen DiBlasi of Saugus, Denise Hurley of Lynnfield, and William C. Bateman Jr. of Saugus; proud grandmother of Destinee Papile, Dylan Green, and Jazelle Goode; loving niece of Joe Krebs and dear friend of Paul Sweeney of Chelsea. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, Malden. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Wakefield at a later date. Memorial Donations can be made to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline MA, 02445-7295. For obituary,

Joseph Sekulski

Of Dorchester, formerly of Chelsea

Joseph S. Sekulski of Dorchester, formerly of Chelsea, died on May 9.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of Nora (Blasi); dear brother of Edward Sekulski of Revere; devoted uncle of Barbara A. Kirkland of Norfolk, and Christine Joyce of Revere; cherished great uncle of Richard Kirkland of Norfolk, and great great uncle of Michael Kirkland and is also survived by many relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the John J. O’Connor & Son Funeral Home, Dorchester. Burial was in Cedar Grove Cemetery. For expressions of sympathy, visit:

Luz Agostini

Of Chelsea, formerly of Puerto Rico

Luz E. Agostini, a long time Chelsea resident, died May 10 at the Genesis Rehab and Nursing Skilled Center where she had been receiving supportive care for the past several years. She was 87 years old.Born in Las Marias, Puerto Rico, she was the daughter of the late Pedro Agostini and the late Librada Rodriguez. She immigrated to New York as a young adult, where she worked as a factory (assembly) worker. In 1982, she moved to Chelsea to be closer to her siblings. She spent her time babysitting children, visiting friends, dancing, crocheting, and playing Bingo.She is survived by her son, Jorge Rodriguez and his wife, Joann of San Juan, Puerto Rico and two grandchildren, Diego and Dario. She was beloved sister of Monserrate “Adria” Agostini de Feliciano of Puerto Rico, the late Marta Agostini, Baudilio Agostini of New York, Pedro “Rene” Agostini of Chelsea, Esperanza “Sofia” Agostini of Puerto Rico, Ismael Agostini of Chelsea, Elizabeth Agostini of Chelsea, and Esteban “Ramon” Agostini of Florida; and stepsister of Iris Agostini of New York, the late Reino Agostini, the late Inais “Nany” Agostini, and Carmen “Tity” Agostini of Puerto Rico. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews including Carolyn Boumila-Vega of Chelsea.Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Cemetario Municipal in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.To send a message of condolence to her family please visit

Margaret Smith

Chelsea Resident

Margaret K. (Ross) Smith of Chelsea died on May 8.

She was the partner of the late Rita Coito; loving mother of Jaime and Jessica Smith, both of Everett and Victoria Baker of Chelsea; dear sister of Theresa Traficante of Saugus, Marie Baker of Chelsea, Andy and William Ross, both of Pepperell, Wayne Ross of Chelsea, and the late James and Richard Ross and cherished grandmother of Tayla and Joseph Smith.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For guest book:

Helen Zajac

Lifelong Chelsea Resident

Helen B. (Naumee) Zajac, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died on May 14. She was in her 93rd year.

She was the beloved wife of the late William R. Zajac with whom she shared 35 years of marriage; loving mother of Robert W. Zajac of Fitchburg, Paula V. Zajac of Revere and Karen L. Zajac of Chelsea; dear sister of the late Jennie Duc; cherished grandmother of Jeffrey W. Zajac of Woburn; fond aunt of Joey Duc and his wife, Debbie, Michael Duc and his wife, Jean and Stephen Dc.

Her Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere Friday morning at 9:30 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere at 10:30 a.m. Family and friends may visit Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

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