Obituaries 09-26-2013

Leroy Tyler, Sr.

Truck Driver for Leonard Silver; His High Jump Record at

Lynn Classical High School Is Still Unbroken

Leroy W. Tyler, Sr., a long time resident of Chelsea, passed away at home on Sunday morning, September 22. He was 76 years old

Born in Lynn, he was a graduate of Lynn Classical High School where his “high jump” record is still unbroken. He returned from active service in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War and worked for more than 30 years for Leonard Silver as a truck driver.

He was the devoted husband of 24 years to Evelyn L. (Eicks); beloved father of Leroy W. “Cuppy” Tyler, Jr. of East Boston, Eugene R. “Bam Bam” Tyler and his wife, Karen of Chelsea and the late Yolanda “Peanut” Tyler; dear brother of Jackie Jones, Jean Hill, Erroll Tyler and the late Irving “Mickey” Tyler, Charles and Eugene Tyler; cherished grandfather of Jovan Tyler of New Hampshire and great grandfather of Jovan Kobe Tyler. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Friday, September 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. Committal will be private.

Frances Gargano

Of Saugus, formerly of Chelsea

Frances E. (Griffo) Gargano of Saugus, formerly of Chelsea, passed away on September 22 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. She was 89 years old.

Born in Chelsea and a Chelsea resident for almost all of her life until taking residence with her son, Frances was the devoted wife for 68 years of John J. Gargano,  the beloved mother of Vincent Gargano of Saugus and Adeline Dean of Melrose; dear sister of Nicoletta Incerto of Chelsea and the late Guy Griffo; cherished grandmother of David P. Dean, Jr and his wife, Annie Walker Dean of Lynn and is also lovingly survived by her sisters-in-law, Theresa Olivero of Chelsea and Clara Mongiello of Medford as well as by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend her Funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea, today, Thursday, September 26 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service at Woodlawn Cemetery Chapel, 302 Elm St., Everett  at 11 o’clock.  Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Walter Walata, Jr.

Former Owner of Walata Funeral Home of Chelsea

Walter S. Walata, Jr. of Chelsea died on September 19.

The former owner and director of the Walata Funeral Home of Chelsea, he was the beloved husband of the late Lydia (Belofsky); father of Cathy Surette and her husband, Joseph of Saugus and Mark and his wife,, Michelle of Arlington; brother of Dr. Edward Walata of Brookline and Regina Peters of Lynnfield. He is also survived by one grandson, Kristopher Surette of North Andover, on niece, Cenia Peters and one nephew, Albert Peters, both of Lynnfield.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations in Walter’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association , 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.

Bernard Sullivan

Retired Everett High School Teacher;

Son of Former Chelsea Mayor

Bernard L. Sullivan of Peabody, formerly of Chelsea,  passed away peacefully at the Cohen Florence Levine Estates Friday morning after a long illness. He was 86 years old.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he served aboard the USS Burias and USS Cascade and received the World War II Victory Medal as well as the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Medal.

After returning from active service and receiving his degree from Holy Cross, he began his teaching career until retirement teaching Science at Everett High School. He will always be remembered as a great piano player and a wonderful teacher and uncle.

He was the devoted son of the late former Chelsea Mayor Bernard L. and Grace (Delano) Sullivan; brother of the late Grace Hanson, former Chelsea Assessor John Sullivan and Robert Sullivan; cherished uncle of Sister Claire Hanson, SP of Stoneham, Patricia Elder of Chelsea, Barbara Sullivan of Maine, Christine Bishop of Stoneham, John Sullivan of Wellesley, Paula Dalis of Stoneham, Regina Work of Dennis, Robert Sullivan, Jr. of Dracut, Kathleen Maihack of Wakefield and the late Aileen Robblee and is also lovingly survived by his sisters-in-law, Louise Sullivan of Dennis, Elaine Sullivan of Stoneham and by many grand nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Michael the Archangel Chapel on the campus of the Chelsea Soldiers Home. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Dolores ‘Dottie’ Harloff

Of Chelsea

Dolores (Cunningham) “Dottie” Harloff of Chelsea died on September 20 at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center in Revere where she had been receiving supportive care.

Born in Boston, she spent her early years in East Boston and Chelsea. Prior to returning to Chelsea 14 years ago, she spent 33 years in New Jersey, where for over 15 years she worked as the billing clerk for Louis Tammaro Banana Company.

She was the devoted mother of Claire Dempster and her husband, John and Marie “Chickie” Alwardt and her husband,  all of Florida; beloved sister of John Cunningham and his wife, Patricia of Seabrook, NH, William Cunningham and his wife, Connie of East Boston, Clifford Cunningham and his wife, Betty of South Carolina, Francis Cunningham of Seabrook, NH and the late James and Louis Cunningham; cherished grandmother of Shawn Dempster of Kentucky and Sharon Couch and Christina Alwardt, both of Florida. She is also lovingly survived by her great grandchildren Cori and Colin Dempster of Kentucky, her best friend and cousin, Rosemarie Solomons of Revere as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Committal was private. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in “Dottie’s” name may be made to American Parkinson Disease Association, 72 East Concord Street, Boston, MA 02118

Joanne ‘MiMi’ DeFelice

Outstanding Chelsea Resident

Joanne D. (Goffredo) “MiMi” DeFelice, a long time resident of Chelsea died at home on September 12 after a long illness.

Born in Boston and beloved by all, “MiMi,” as almost everyone called her, was very active in both her family as well as civic undertakings. She was past President of Zonta, a Eucharistic Minister as well as lector at St. Michael the Archangel Chapel, and Past President of both the Carter and Chelsea High School P.T A.’s

In 1966, she taught a defensive driving course for the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce under the auspices of the Massachusetts Safety Council. In 1967, she was selected as one of the outstanding civic leaders in the City of Chelsea by the Chicago based organization, Outstanding Civic Leaders of America.

A talented seamstress, she made uniforms for both the Chelsea High School cheerleaders and majorettes in the late 60’s. While working in the fabric division for Jordan Marsh, she was responsible for making clothing for their fashion shows as well as mannequins.

Not to sit idle for long, she and her dear friend, the late Marie Iantosca, started a wedding ensemble business named Giuseppe Originals. In years that followed, she worked with and appeared in many dance recitals. At her granddaughter, Gina’s dance studio, Dance, Inc. she spent countless hours behind the scenes and was given the beloved title of CIO, Chief Inspirational Officer.

She was the devoted wife of Joseph DeFelice; beloved mother of Rosemarie DeFelice and her husband, Joseph Fineran of Revere and Angela DiPerri and her husband, Ronald of Wakefield; dear sister of Francis Goffredo of Saugus, Robert Goffredo of New Hampshire, Joseph Goffredo of Stoneham, John Goffredo of Peabody, Marie Montville of New Hampshire, Michael Goffredo of Malden and the late Barbara Goffredo; cherished grandmother of Regina Colombo of South Boston, Ronald DiPerri II of California and Jessica Fitzgerald of Marshfield. She is also lovingly survived by her great grandchildren, Jack, Griffin, Julia and Declan as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by  the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea.   Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Expressions of sympathy in Joanne’s name may be made to St. Michael’s Chapel. To send a message of condolence, please visit

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