Obituaries 06-07-2012

Winifred ‘Winnie’ Dyer

Member of Revere Womens’ Club and Devotee of ICC Parish

Winifred R. “Winnie” (Dixon) Dyer of Peabody, formerly of Revere and Chelsea, died at her home on June 2. She was 86 years old.

“Winnie” was born and raised in Chelsea. She was a member of St. Rose Parish and a 1943 graduate of St. Rose High School, Chelsea. During her early working career, she worked for N.E. Tel & Tel. and Gilchrist’s Department Store of Boston.

She was a resident of Revere for more than 65 years until moving to her daughter’s home in Peabody. She was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Parish Community and past president of the Immaculata Guild.  She was also a member of the Revere Womens’ Club, St. Rose Alumni High School Association and the Irish Club of Chelsea. Upon moving to Peabody, she became a member of the Peabody Seniors.

She was the wife of the late John F. Dyer who died in May of 1996; the beloved and devoted mother of Christine Dyer-Nagle and her late husband, Robert of West Peabody, John M. Dyer and his wife, Ann of Melrose, Maureen Dyer-Sullivan and her husband, Brian of Melrose and the late Kathleen Dyer-Geratowski; cherished grandmother of: Annie, Mary Kate, Jennifer, Caitlin, Matthew, Colin, Katey, Jack and Lian; dear sister of the late: Catherine McDonald, Margaret Bean, Howard, William, Joseph and Francis Dixon. She is also lovingly survived by her sister-in-law, Mary Dixon of New Hampshire and by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Visiting hours are Thursday, June 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107), Revere. Her Funeral will be conducted from the Funeral Home on Friday, June 8 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Peabody Seniors (Peabody Council on Aging) 79 Central St., Peabody, MA 01960.  

Raymond ‘Bubba’ Morton

Flooring and Carpet Installer

Raymond C. “Bubba” Morton, a flooring and carpet installer, died tragically as the result of an accident on June 1 at the Holy Family Hospital in Methuen. He was 45 years old.

Born in Chelsea, he attended Chelsea Schools and was a longtime Chelsea resident until relocating to New Hampshire in 1987 where he has lived since. He worked for over 20 years as a floor and carpet installer for Pizzano Rug in Saugus.

He was the loving son of Mary A. (McNeil) Morton of Salem, NH and the late Lawrence G. Morton; dear brother of John Morton of Salem, NH, Larry Morton of Cambridge, Joseph Morton, Theresa Durham and Patty Bohondoney, all of Salem NH and the late Mary Morton.  He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea,  today, June 7 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 11 a.m.  Services will conclude with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.  Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Charlotte Fisher

Active Member of the Chelsea High School, Class of 1950, Reunion Committee

Charlotte Fisher of Malden, formerly of Sharon and Chelsea, died on June 1. She was 79 years old.

She was born in Chelsea and was a graduate of the Chelsea High School, Class of 1950. She was a resident of Malden for 32 years. She was most recentlya retired employee of the State of Massachusetts and Boston University as well as holding various customer service positions, most notably with Marriott. She was also a volunteer at the Whidden Memorial Hospital and an active member of the Chelsea High School Class of 1950 Reunion Committee. She was an avid bowler and belonged to a bowling group in Malden.

She was the devoted mother of Judi Harrington, Alan Fisher, Iris Smith and Lance Paul Fisher; the loving daughter of the late Joseph Millman and the late Rose Cook; the dear sister of the late Ruth Millman and the loving grandmother of Erin, Chris, Paul, Charlie and Bryan. She is also survived by her great granddaughter, Isabella.

Services will be held at the Torf Funeral Chapel, 151 Washington Ave., Cary Sq., Chelsea today, Thursday, June 7 at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at the A.A.A. Sfard Cemetery in Lynn. Donations in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association “Go Red for Women” Initiative, 4600 Campus Dr. Irvine, CA 92617, Should one choose to make a donation, please enclose a note that donations are being made in Charlotte Fisher’s behalf. For directions and online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website:

Bonnie Roberts

Worked for Stop & Shop

Bonnie (Corn) Roberts of Saugus, formerly of Chelsea, died at home surrounded by her loving family on May 31 after a courageous battle with overwhelming illness. She was 59 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the beloved daughter of the late Bill-Joe and Elizabeth L (Pinksten) Corn. She attended local schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1970. She continued her education at Wheelock College in Boston receiving a B.S. degree in early childhood education.  She worked for the Stop & Shop Companies as a manager of the fresh fish department at several stores along the North Shore including; Beverly, Gloucester and Stoneham.

A former resident of Chelsea and Malden, she has been living in Saugus for the last five years.   She enjoyed traveling, gaming at Casinos and enjoying life and time with family and friends.

She was the beloved wife of the late David Roberts; devoted mother of Louis Spadafora IV and his wife, Michelle of Saugus; cherished grandmother of Christopher and Syndie Spadafora; dear sister of Donna MacDonald and her husband, Kenneth of Saugus, Betty Stogsdill of Woburn, Duwane Corn and his wife, Linda of Revere and the late James Corn and his wife, Cheryl; adored niece of Carole and Tony Coppola of Burlington and is also survived by Denise, Lynn and David Roberts and many nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Grace Church on June 5. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc. 10 Speen St., Framingham MA 01701.  Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Mary DeVito

Retired Hospital Dietician

Mary A. DeVito, a longtime resident of Malden who had recently been living in Peabody, died at the Salem Hospital on June 1.

She was born in Dorchester in 1923, the daughter of the late Avdis and Agnes (Kekenekian) Hajinlian. At an early age her family moved to Chelsea and she graduated from Chelsea High School with the Class of 1941. While attending school, she was active in the band and was also a majorette.

She married her sweetheart, Almando “Frank” DeVito in 1949 and the two first settled in Chelsea before moving to Malden in 1961. They shared almost 55 years together until his passing in 2003.

She worked at the Malden hospital as a dietician for over 20 years. She also enjoyed bowling and dancing with her husband, Frank.

She is survived by her children, Loretta M. and her husband, Dr. John Christoforo of Arlington, and Michael F. and his wife, Linda DeVito of Saugus and was the proud grandmother of  John and Michael. She was the loving sister of the late Rose, John and George.

Funeral arrangements were by the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, Malden. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to: Woodbridge Assisted Living Legacy Activity Fund, 240 Lynnfield Street Peabody, MA 01960

Judge Robert Stanziani

Retired Chelsea District Court Justice

Judge Robert A. Stanziani of Saugus, formerly of East Boston, died recently.

He was the retired Justice of the Chelsea District Court who was named one of Top Ten Best Trial Lawyers in Massachusetts in 1963.

He was the beloved husband of 68 years of Dahlia (Rocciolo); loving father of Robert P. Stanziani and his wife, Diane of Peabody, Attorney Janis Stoler and her husband, Dr. Dennis Stoler of Lynnfield and Honorable Doris Stanziani Boghosian, Clerk-Magistrate of the Haverhill District Court and her husband, Wayne of Lynnfield. He was the cherished grandfather of Robin Castellarin and her husband, Mark, Kara and Robert S. Stanziani, Bianca and Liana Boghosian, Alex Markakis. great grandfather of: Gianna and Ariana Castellarin; brother of Walter Stanziani of Quincy, and the late William, Claude and Pearl Manozzi.

Funeral arrangements were by the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. Burial was in Forest Hills Cemetery, Lynnfield. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern MA, 311 Arsenault St. Watertown, MA, 02472. For condolences

Sandra Burrow

Of Salisbury, formerly of Chelsea

Sandra J. (Whelan) Burrow of Salisbury, formerly of Chelsea, died by accident on May 19.

She was the beloved wife of Roderick R. Burrow; dear and devoted mother of Roderick R. Burrow, Jr. and his wife, Lisa of Revere, Beth Ann Burrow of Salisbury and Deborah Ann Robinson and her husband, Richard C. of Danvers; sister of Carol Frost of Florida, Susan Pappas of Hawaii, Johanne Vaters of Maine and Denise Iffinger of Florida and is also survived by 10 loving grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01770 would be sincerely appreciated.

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