Obituaries 04-04-2013

Charlotte Sheehan Gautreau

Devoted to Family, cherished her Catholic Faith

Charlotte Sheehan Gautreau, a native of Boston and a resident of Gonzales, Louisiana, passed away on March 28 at Heritage Manor in Baton Rouge after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Dementia and Parkinson’s Disease. She was 84 years old.

She was born on April 5, 1928 and graduated from Fr. Fitton Catholic High School in East Boston. After moving from Boston to Washington, DC where she was employed by the Bureau of Naval Personnel, she met her husband, Clint, while he was on leave from the US Navy. Charlotte and Clint were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Star of the Sea Parish, East Boston on July 27, 1947.

She worked for the federal and state governments and raised her children in both Boston and Gonzales, Louisiana.

Charlotte cherished her Catholic faith and spent her life devoted to her family. She insured her children were taught life lessons at every opportunity. She maintained her Boston Irish pride and her Boston accent until she left this world. She enjoyed a good card game, especially canasta.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Clinton Gautreau; four sons, Douglas Gautreau, Nathan Gautreau and his wife, Linda, Joseph Gautreau and his wife, Lori and Paul Gautreau; two daughters, Nancy Gautreau and Mary Jane Gautreau Karabin and her husband, Drew of Bethelehem, Pennsylvania; five grandchildren, Derek Gautreau and his wife, Tammy, Nathan Gautreau, Nicholas Karabin, Peyton Gautreau, Zachary Gautreau, five great grandchildren, Morgan Gautreau, Myles Gautreau, Madeline Gautreau, Faith Gautreau and Emma Gautreau; three step grandchildren, Shannon Sing and wife, Jennifer, Amy Lejeune and her husband, Larry and Casey Sing and his wife, Paula, along with eight stepgrandchildren; five siblings, Mary Theresa Granara of Chelsea,  Helen Lepage of Winthrop, Eileen and Joe Coppola of Visalia, California, Joan Constantino of Chelsea and John Leo Sheehan, Jr. of Saugus as well as numerous nieces, nephews and a host of relatives. She was preceded in death by her beloved son, David Charles Gautreau, her father, John Leo Sheehan, Sr. and her mother, Mary Whalen Sheehan of Everett.

Visitation was at St. Theresa of Avila Catholic Church in Gonzales, Louisiana. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Father Alec Sheldon. Interment was at Hope Haven Cemetery in Praireville. Pallbearers were Nathan Paul Gautreau, Joe Gautreau, Paul Gautreau, Derek Gautreau, Nathan David Gautreau and Peyton Gautreau. Honorary pallbearers were Douglas Gautreau, Nicholas Karabin, Zachary Gautreau and Myles Gautreau.

The family expresses tremendous gratitude to the staff at Heritage Manor Baton Rouge Nursing Home for the exceptional care and concern given to Charlotte. The family also deeply appreciates the wonderful staff at Life Source Hospice who cared for Charlotte. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee. Please visit to sign the on line guestbook. Arrangements are by Curso Funeral Home of Gonzales, Louisiana.

Eleanor Novak

Retired Nurse’s Aide

Eleanor H. (Toda) Novak, a  retired Nurse’s Aide and lifelong Chelsea resident, passed away on Easter Sunday at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home.  She was 96 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late John C. and Helen (Rachuba) Toda.  She married Alexander J. Novak in 1936 and their union produced two daughters and one son.  Her daughter Eleanor passed at the age of three.  After almost 60 years of marriage, her husband, Alex died in 1996.

Eleanor worked outside of her home as a Nurse’s Aide at the Whidden Memorial Hospital for many years before retiring.  She was a past member of the PAV Ladies Aux Post 13 Chelsea and the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America.

She was the devoted mother of John Novak and his wife, Joanne of Chelsea, Alexandria “Sandy” Starcher and Chuck Starcher of Mason, OH; dear sister of Clara Szczerbinski of Chelsea; cherished grandmother of Charles Starcher, John Novak, Cassandra Glazier, Michael Novak, Christopher Novak and Jennifer Paliliunas, and is also survived by seven great grandchildren.

Her Funeral will be held from the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home, 157 Washington Ave., Chelsea, today, Thursday, April 4 at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut St., Chelsea at 9:30 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.  Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Robert ‘Bob’ Walker

Of Chelsea

Robert P. “Bob” Walker of Chelsea died on March 29. He was 52 years old.

He was the father of Candise Walker; companion of Janice Weinstein of Chelsea; former husband of Phyllis Toce; son of the late James A. Walker and Carol Talbot; brother of Craig and his wife, Brenda of Saugus, Leslie Stewart and her husband, James of Sandown, NH, Toni Talbot of Providence RI, Bryan Walker of Wakefield and the late Doyle Walker and is also survived by three grandchildren: Nia Walker, Jayden Betts and Malin Betts.

Private funeral services were entrusted to Rocco-Carr-Henderson Funeral Service

Mildred Bencale

Chelsea School Cafeteria Retiree

Mildred (Bentley) Bencale of Revere, formerly of Georgia and briefly of Florida, died on Good Friday, March 29 at the Bear Hill Nursing Center of Wakefield following a long confinement. She was 85 years old.

Born and raised in Palmetto, Georgia, she came to Revere more than 60 years ago. Before retiring in 1989, she worked within the Chelsea School System as a cafeteria worker for more than 10 years. In 1990, she moved briefly to Florida and then returned to Massachusetts to make her home with her daughter, Mildred J. Pontremoli and her husband, Edward J. in Rowley. In 2004, when her health began to decline, she became a resident of Bear Hill Nursing Center.

She was the wife of the late John Bencale who died in June of 1980; the devoted mother of John Bencale and his wife, Barbara of Fountain Hills, Arizona, Robert A. Bencale and his wife, Maureen of Stoneham and Mildred J. Pontremoli and her husband, Edward J. of Newburyport; the cherished grandmother of Angela Macero and her husband, Joseph of Wakefield, Danielle Pontremoli of Newburyport, Jay Bencale and his wife, Tiffany of Nunan, Georgia, Nicola Cover and her husband, Craig Cover of Kentucky, Michael Bencale and Christopher, both of Swampscott, Robert Bencale of California and Jake Bencale of Stoneham. She is also lovingly survived by two great grandchildren: Brandon and Gracie, a sister in law, Linda Bentley of Florida and by many nieces, nephews, grand nephews and grand nieces.

Millie was the last of her siblings. She was the sister of the late, John R., Fred, Charles, James and Joseph Bentley and the late Dolly Smith, Mabel and Thelma Bentley.

Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation today, Thursday, April 4, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Her funeral will be conducted from the funeral home today followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the MSPCA-ANGELL, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130-9923 or to:  Dana Farber Cancer Inst. – the Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02285-9168.  For more information

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