Obituaries 06-20-2013

Patrick Catalano

One of the Original Founders of the Catalano Trucking Company

Patrick Catalano of Chelsea died on June 17. He was 100 years old.Born in Boston and a lifelong Chelsea resident, Patrick passed away Monday morning at the Chelsea Soldiers Home, where he had been a resident receiving wonderful supportive care from the staff, workers and administration for seven years. One of the original founders of the Catalano Trucking Company, which is still in operation, Pat retired from his position in the company in 1973 to spend as much time as he could with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as with the many friends he made over his lifetime.

He was the devoted husband of the late Louise (Guarente); beloved father of Patricia McHatton and her husband, Leo A., Jr. of Chelsea and the late Marianne deBettencourt; son of the late David and Mary (Iantosca) Catalano; dear brother of the late Joseph, Andrew, Anthony, Ralph and George Catalano, Marion Fucillo, Jenny Bettencourt and Lillian Varricchio; cherished grandfather of Kelli Silva of West Peabody, Nicole Browning and Michelle Bouchard, both of Manchester, NH and Colleen McHatton of Boston and is also lovingly survived by his great grandchildren, Michael and Megan Silva, Patrick and Anna Browning and Sophia, Joseph and Sarah Bouchard as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Michael the Archangel Chapel on the Campus of the Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Avenue, Chelsea today, Thursday, June 20 at 11 a.m. Visitation wil be prior to the Mass in the Cardinal Cushing Pavilion beginning at 9:30 a.m. Services will conclude with interment at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. It is recommended that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Pat’s name be made to the Chelsea Soldiers Home, Patient Activity Fund, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Smith Funeral Home. To send a message of condolence to Pat’s family, please visit

Jeanette ‘Jean’ Francis

Retired Telephone company office clerk

Jeanette D. “Jean” (Waniak) Francis, a retired telephone company office clerk, passed away suddenly Tuesday morning June 18 in her Reading home.  She was 79 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Julia (Wodzenski) Waniak.  “Jeanie” attended local schools, graduated from Chelsea high School and resided in Chelsea for most of her life.  She married Joseph W. Francis and together they raised their family in Chelsea.  She was a dedicated homemaker and working mother, she worked early on for New England Tel & Tel in the Chelsea office as an Office Clerk and later in Boston for AT&T before taking her retirement.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe in 1972.  She moved to Melrose in 1993 and later near her daughter, Susan 15 years ago in Reading where she was living at the time of her passing. In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by her granddaughter Keri Francis.

Jean was a visitor and participant in activities with the Reading Senior Citizens and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.

She is survived by her children: William Francis and his wife, Rose of Littleton and Susan Cameron and her husband, Robert of Reading.  She was the dear sister of Charles Waniak and his wife, Florence of New Jersey; cherished grandmother of Brian and Kevin Francis, Keith and Kasey Cameron and the late Keri Francis and the adored great grandmother of Vincent Francis.

Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, June 21 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 Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.  Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Thursday, from 4 to 7 p.m. The  Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation of New England, 357 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887.  For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

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