Obituaries 12-20-2012

Mary Louise Braman

Telephone Operator, Military Wife, Hospice Volunteer and Dog Fancier

Mary Louise (Carolan) Braman passed away after a brief illness on December 15 at the Oxford House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Haverhill where she had been receiving supportive care for the past several years. She was 77 years old.

Born in Chelsea on December 8, 1935, she was the beloved daughter of the late Arthur and Margaret (Venezia) Carolan.  She was raised in Chelsea, attended St. Rose Elementary and High School and was an early communicant and young parishioner there.  After graduation, she began working as a telephone operator for NE Tel & Tel Co. in Chelsea.  She married Donald Brooks Braman in 1955 and for the next 23 years she traveled away from New England with her husband as a military wife stationed all around the country and in Europe.   She enjoyed the military life and formed many lifelong friendships with other military families.

Mrs. Braman was strongly devoted to her Catholic faith her entire life.  While residing in Michigan in the 1990’s, she attended Mass at St. Peters Cathedral in Marquette and worked in the rectory as a cook for the priests.  She became active in parish life, ministering to the sick and home bound, the choir and women’s groups. She made several pilgrimages to Medjugorje with her church.

She was also a hospice volunteer. She felt her calling to help care and comfort patients in the end stage of life was a blessing.

Mary enjoyed spending time with her family and especially loved seeing her grandson Bryan Wood, who is currently serving in the U.S. Army.

Mary was an avid lover of dogs. One of her favorite joys was to sit and cuddle with the family cocker spaniel “Brandi”.  For many years, Mary owned West Highland White Terriers and participated in dog shows throughout the U.S. and Europe.

In 2000, Mary moved back to the Boston area to be closer to her family.

She is survived by; her former husband Donald B. Braman of Marquette, MI; her daughter and fiancée, Terri Wood and Robert Lee of Derry NH, her grandson, Bryan M. Wood, stationed at Ft. Lewis, WA., a sister, Joan Carolan of Middleton; two brothers and their wives; Ray and Linda Carolan of Dracut and Arthur and Mary Carolan of Middleton, her nieces and nephews; Donna and John, Patrick, Emily and Beverly. She is also survived by several cousins

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a Funeral Mass today, Thursday, December 20 to be celebrated in  St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway Chelsea at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice House, 360 North Avenue, Haverhill, MA 01830. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.

George Caron, Sr.

Lifelong Chelsea Resident

George H. Caron, Sr., a lifelong Chelsea resident, passed away on December 16 at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital in Melrose following a brief illness. He was 86 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, the son of the late Henry and Angelina (Morin) Caron, he attended Our Lady of the Assumption Elementary School and Chelsea High School. During high school, he immediately enlisted in the US Army and served his country during World War II. After being honorably discharged from the service, he soon married Isabel Richard and they raised their family in Chelsea.  Mr. Caron worked for many years as a contractor and also worked as a mechanic for the City of Chelsea DPW for more than 10 years.

Dedicated to providing for his family, he was a kind and gentle man devoted to his family and friends.

He was the beloved husband of the late Isabel S. (Richard) Caron who died in 1997 after the couple shared 47 years of marriage. He was the devoted father of George H. Caron, Jr. of Chelsea and Thomas R. Caron and his wife Lisa of Wakefield. Dear brother of Joan Turner and the late Paul, Richard and Leo Caron. Cherished grandfather of Amanda, Elizabeth, Edward and Thomas Caron, Jr. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will begin from the Cardinal Cushing Pavilion at Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Ave, Chelsea on Friday, December 21 at 10 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Michael the Archangel Chapel at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home 718 Broadway Chelsea, today, Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Madelyn Dubon

Of Everett, formerly of Chelsea

Madelyn Dubon of Everett, formerly of Chelsea, died unexpectedly at Boston Medical Center on December 13 from complications of Lupus.

Born in Boston and a Chelsea resident for many years, she was the devoted daughter of Jenak Martinez of Everett and Victor M. Dubon of Honduras; beloved sister of Victor Y. Dubon, Ronny R. Zelaya and Celinet Zelaya, all of Chelsea, Felix A. Dubon, Flor M. Dubon and Victoria M. Dubon, all of Honduras; cherished granddaughter of Victor M. Dubon, Florida Dubon and Juana M. Martinez, all of Chelsea and the late Evaristo Soto.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

To send a message of condolence to Madelyn’s family, please visit

James McNamara

Of Arizona, formerly of Chelsea

James J. McNamara of Phoenix, Arizona, formerly of Chelsea, died on October 10 with his wife and daughter by his side. He was 60 years old.

He attended Don Savio High School in East Boston and became a Boilermaker for Local Union 29 in 1975.  He was a member of the Beachmont Yacht Club where he met and married his wife, Linda.  He had a great love for all sports and music and spent much of his time reading and enjoying friends and family dinners.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Linda; his mother Theresa; daughter Jennifer and sons Matthew and Daniel; his sisters, Linda and Joan; brother, David and grandchildren Faith, Daniel and Robert. He was preceeded in death by his father, Joseph and step daughter, Christine.

Please join the family to celebrate the life of Jimmy MAC on Saturday, December 29 at 1 p.m. at the Beachmont Yacht Club, 168 Pearl Ave, Revere.- 781-284-9636.

Deborah Borella

Curtain Industry Stitcher

Deborah J. (Lancia) Borella, a resident of Melrose, formerly of Everett, passed away on December 6 at the Tewksbury Hospital. She was 58 years old.

She was born in Revere on July 3, 1958, one of six children of the late Anthony and Harriet (Bos) Lancia.  She grew up in Everett and only recently moved to Melrose. She attended Everett Schools, graduated from Everett High School and worked in the curtain industry as a stitcher.

She was the sister of Diane Masucci of Chelsea, Lucille Najarian of New Hampshire, Anthony of Boston, Lisa Lancia of Melrose and the late Joanne King. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Services were held at The Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, Everett.

David Carleton

One of the Original Founders of the Sagamore Club

David F. Carleton of Everett, formerly of Chelsea, passed away on December 9. He was 94 years old.

“Dave” was born on January 29, 1914 in Boston one of two sons of the late William and Beatrice (Corbett) Carleton. He grew up in Chelsea and has been an Everett resident for the past 67 years.

He began working at the age of eight in a grocery store on Sagamore Avenue in Chelsea, the street where he lived, to earn money to pay for his own clothes and school books. At the age 18, he paid $50 to Mass General Hospital for a tonsillectomy from his own earnings.

He graduated from Chelsea High School in 1932, attended Burdett College and was one of the original founders of the Sagamore Social Club.

Dave served his country in the US Navy and after an honorable discharge, he returned home and worked as a lithographer at Forbes Lithograph Manufacturing Company in Chelsea. At times, he worked three jobs to support his family.

He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth J. (Small) who died in 1995. He was the loving father of James F. and his fiancée, Lorraine Lonardelli, of Florida, David and his wife, Nancy of Saugus and Susan Giannelli and her husband, Carl of Everett. He was the brother-in-law of Rita Carleton and her husband, the late James.

Dave’s eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren enjoyed many wonderful times with their “Pa” and he had a generous heart with each and every one of them. He opened his home to many over the years, offering them a place to stay, never saying no to anyone in need. He gave generously to his church and to many charities.

David Carleton was a man of great character, humility, strength, integrity and limitless kindness. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

His Funeral was held from The Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, Everett  followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church.. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Sheppard Weisman

Of Chelsea, formerly of Marblehead

Sheppard L. Weisman of Chelsea, formerly of Marblehead, entered into rest on December 14. He was 53 years old.

He was the dear son of Joseph and Bette Ann (Berlow) Weisman of Marblehead; devoted father of Michael Weisman and Victoria Weisman, both of Marblehead; loving brother of Mitchell and AnnMarie Weisman of Andover, Claudia and Barry Rodenstein of Swampscott; and Ross and Lisa Weisman of Oak Park, IL.

At the request of the family, funeral services and burial were private. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to the Leonard Florence Center for Living, 165 Captains Row, Chelsea,MA.02150 Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel 781-581-2300

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Frazier

Of Everett, formerly of Chelsea

Elizabeth M. “Betty” (Hemeon) Frazier of Everett, formerly of Chelsea, died on December 8.

She was the wife of the late Clement P. Frazier; loving mother of the late Catherine M. Leuci; cherished grandmother of Edward M. Nazzaro and Paula M. Nazzaro, both of Everett; great grandmother of Daniel E. McTigue of Everett; dear sister of Gertrude Ciarlone of Chelsea, Mildred Nickerson of Malden, Doris Davis of Franklin and the late Helen Palumbo, Ralph Hemeon, Alfred Hemeon, Theresa Bradbrook and Anna Deal.

At her request, services were private. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to The Massachusetts Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Attn: Donations, 89 South St., Suite 406, Boston, MA 02111. For condolences Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home

Janina Artroogian

Of Chelsea

Janina (Panasink) Artroogian of Chelsea died on December 18 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home. She was 89 years old.

Born in Lowell and a long time Chelsea resident, she was the devoted wife of the late Sooren, the beloved mother of Diane Flynn and Francis Flynn, both of Everett, Janina Flynn of Falmouth and Kenneth Flynn and his wife, Rita of Saugus and is also lovingly survived by nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Family and friends are kindly invited to attend her Funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Friday, December 21 at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 9 a.m. Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home will be today, Thursday,  from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit

Elaine Young

Of Chelsea

Elaine Young of Chelsea passed away on December 2. She was 80 years old.

The loving daughter of the late Norman Young and the late Sara (Lifsitz) Young, she was the dear sister of Sheldon Young, Carol Bell and her husband, John, Sandra Padulsky and her husband, Morton, Barbara Nair and her husband, Howard, Carl Young and his dear friends, Nancy Dyer and Catherine Giordano, Jordan Young and the late Norton Young and the late Neal Young. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements were by the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Burial was in Everett. Memorial donations may be made to the Hebrew Senior Life, 1200 Centre St. Roslindale, MA 02131.


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