Obituaries 03-21-2013

Marguerite ‘Rita’ Rich

Belgian War Bride

Marguerite J. “Rita” (Toussaint) Rich, a longtime Chelsea resident, passed away on March 16 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital following a brief illness. She was 90 years old.

Born and raised in Belgium, the daughter of the late Joseph and Maria (Collard) Toussaint), she attended school while living in Belgium. She met Walter F. Rich while he was serving in the US Army and as a war bride she came to America with her husband. They settled in Chelsea and raised their family here. A devoted wife and mother, Rita spent her time caring for her home and family. She was predeceased by her beloved husband in 1982.

She was the wife of the late Walter F. Rich, Sr.; devoted mother of Jacqueline Fazio and her husband, John of Revere, Christine Fern and her husband, Joseph of Chelsea and Walter F. Rich, Jr. of Randolph; dear sister of Jacqueline Toussaint of Belgium and is also survived by 10 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and several nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.

Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home,718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, March 21 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 entombment atWoodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. The Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Helen Kochocki

Worked at Logan Airport; Member of Polish Falcons and Interline Club

Helen C. (St. George) Kochocki of Saugus, formerly of East Boston and Chelsea, passed away peacefully on March 14 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House. She was 89 years old.

She was born in East Boston on July 4, 1923, one of ten children of the late Albert and Madeline (Laracy) St. George.  Raised and educated in East Boston, she married her late husband, Stanley J. Kockocki in January of 1946.  They settled in Chelsea where they raised three daughters and one son.  Helen worked for Sky Chef and American Airlines at Logan Airport, loved dancing and traveling with family and friends and was a member of the Polish Falcons of Chelsea and the Interline Club at the airport.

She was the beloved wife of the late Stanley J. Kochocki with whom she shared 50 years of marriage; devoted mother of Janice Utter and her husband, John of Noblesville, IN, Joyce Brown and her husband, Larry of Saugus, Joseph Kochocki and his wife, Hazel of Lynnfield, and the late Joan Martinez and her husband, Mario of Stoneham; dear sister of Albert St. George of Billerica, Catherine McCarty of Hampton, NH, Madeline McGowan of S. Yarmouth, Herbert St. George of Hope Mills, NC, and the late Patrick, Alice Mercurio, James, Richard and John; cherished grandmother of James Utter, Joan Richardson, Julie Pittman, Kathleen Costello, Michael Brown, Anne Marie Munoz, Lisa Beattie, Liam Kochocki, Jacob Kochocki, Alina Kochocki, and the late Christopher C. Brown and Julianna M. Martinez and the loving great-grandmother of Caroline, Darren, Annabel, Abigail, Atley, Frank, Jarred, Jeyla, and Lola.

Funeral arrangements were by the Robinson Funeral Home, Melrose. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Gifts in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.   For online tribute or to share a memory,

Alfred ‘Al’ Freda

Retired Chemical Engineer

Alfred “Al” Freda passed away at his Chelsea Home after a long illness. He was 85 years old.

Born and raised in East Boston, the beloved son of the late Rocco and Susie (Graziano) Freda, he received his early education in East Boston and briefly attended college before enlisting in the US Army.  He was honorably discharged at the rank of Private.  He returned to East Boston and completed his college studies receiving degrees in Chemical Engineering.  He worked as a Chemical Engineer in the Commercial Ink Manufacturing Industry. He worked at manufacturing plants in Chicago, San Francisco and New Jersey. He was a longtime resident of Union City New Jersey and for the past five years he was living in Chelsea with his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings; Carmela and Elizabeth Freda, Jerry and Gabriel Freda.  He is survived by his dear sister and care givers, Arline Smigielski and her husband, Edward, and his loving niece, Linda Smigielski, all of Chelsea.

Visiting hours and wake prayers will be held at the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home, 157 Washington Ave., Chelsea today,  Thursday, March 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.  Funeral Mass and interment will be private.  For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit.

Margaret Martell

Of Charlestown, Formerly of Chelsea

Margaret M. (Doherty) Martell, a longtime resident of Charlestown, entered into eternal life on March 12 at the Marian Manor Nursing Home in South Boston following an extended illness. She was 84 years old.

Margaret was born in Belfast, Ireland on November 22, 1928, a daughter of the late John Doherty and Catherine (McBrearly) Doherty. She grew up in Chelsea and attended St. Rose Parochial School and graduated from St. Rose High School in Chelsea. She was a switchboard operator for New England Telephone Company for several years and also worked for Dupont Company in Boston. She enjoyed playing bingo, going to yard sales and most of all spending quality time with her family.

She was the beloved wife of the late John L. “Lou” Martell; the devoted mother of John and Cheryl Martell of Billerica, Steven Martell of Boston, David and Mary Martell of Chestnut Hill, Daniel and Kerri Martell of Reading and the late Kevin Martell and Paul Martell;  the loving Nana to Shannon Tackaberry, Annie Martell, Jack Martell, Owen Martell and Emily Martell and her great-grandaughters; Sadie and Annabelle; the beloved sister of Mary MacDougall of Groveland, Joseph Doherty of South Carolina, and the late Michael Doherty, Kathleen Gaudet and John Doherty. Funeral arrangements were by The Carr Funeral Home, Charlestown. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a memorial donation in Margaret’s name to Marian Manor, 130 Dorchester St. South Boston, Mass. 02127. To send a message of condolence, please visit

Grange Bernard

Longtime Dispatcher for Viking Taxi

Grange H.Y. Bernard of Clark Avenue, Chelsea passed away at the Eastpointe Nursing & Rehabilitation Center on March 18 after a long illness. He was 54 years old. Born in Boston, he was the beloved son of Angela (Marco) and Gregory Bernard. A resident of Chelsea for over 14 years, he was employed as a dispatcher for Viking Taxi for many years.

He was the loving husband of Andrea (Rorick) and the beloved father of Hope of Chelsea, Alisha of Haverhill, Cody of Chelsea, Jordyn of Chelsea and Renata of Brockton;  the dear brother of Frank A. Daloia of Winthrop and Aprile Bernard of New Hampshire;  the cherished grandfather of Quintan, Jaiden and Emma.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation on Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by a funeral service in the funeral home at 1 p.m. Committal will be private. The family requests that memorial donations be made directly to the funeral home. To sign the online guestbook go to or

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