Obituaries 10-03-2013

Audrey Clarke

Retired Function Coordinator

Audrey Cecelia (Jewett) Clarke of Chelsea passed away September 29 at the Eastpointe Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Chelsea. She was 86 years old.

Born in St. John, New Brunswick Canada, she was the daughter of the late Duncan and Celia “Annie” (Bursey) Jewett. She came to the United States with her family when she was just four years old and has lived in Chelsea for over 80 years. Audrey attended Chelsea Public Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1945. She worked in the food industry as a function coordinator for Seilers Caterers. She also worked for the Museum of Science in Boston for 13 years as a function manager, retiring in 1992.

She was the wife of the late Joseph Roy Clarke; beloved mother of Roy Clarke and his wife, Terry of Danvers, Richard Clarke and his wife, Roberta of Texas, Deborah Tarlow and her husband, Douglas N. of Melrose, Scott A. Clarke and his wife, Christine of Watertown; dear sister of Mildred Scarvalas of Woburn and the late Ronald Jewett, Florence Jewett and Kathleen King. She is also lovingly survived by Devin, Susan, Sean Clarke, Mark and David Tarlow, Jacob and Matthew Clarke and one great granddaughter ,Kyleigh.

Funeral services will be conducted in the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, 389 Washington Ave.,  Chelsea today, Thursday, October 3 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Interment will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody. In lieu of flowers, donations in Audrey’s memory may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute P.O. Box 849168

Boston, MA 02284-9168.

Kathleen Greene

Of Chelsea

Kathleen Douglas Greene of Chelsea passed away on September 23 due to complications of breast cancer.

She is survived by her husband Gary Greene and her children: Crystal, Shannon, Ricky, Henry Jr., Tiffani and Mokayla. She was the sister of Juanita, Erina, Shayla, Robin, Pat, Alicia and is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and her precious grandchidren.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Rogers Funeral Home, Cambridge. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

A Remembrance

Phyllis Mary Hanson

Phyllis Mary Hanson was born in Chelsea on December 11, 1925 and passed away on September 4, 2013 at the Lighthouse Nursing Home where she was lovingly cared for by a devoted staff of truly special people.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Elizabeth (Dobbyns) and Clarence F. Hanson. Elizabeth unfortunately passed away when Phyllis was in the first grade and she was then raised by her father and Mary (Dobbyns) Hanson, who became her second mother.  Phyllis moved to Reading with her parents before purchasing her home on the Riverside of Revere, where she lived next door to Carl and Jennie Cirafice, who soon became like second parents.  After they died, she continued her close friendship with their niece, Delia Sculla.

Along with other friends, including Evelyn and Bernie Atkins, they enjoyed a variety of senior events and particularly relished their weekly line-dancing classes!

When Delia passed, Phyllis took on the role of beloved aunt to her daughter, Jan Sculla McWilliams and her family, never missing a function or holiday celebration over the course of 30 years. Her presence will be profoundly missed.

Phyllis is also deeply missed by her lifelong friend, Maureen Gavel, with whom she shared a love of baseball and her favorite team, the Red Sox.  She is also missed by her beloved neighbors, Jeannie and Jim Nowlan, as well as her many friends and church members at St. Anthony’s Church in Revere, where she was a Eucharistic Minister and an active participant in many parish activities.

Phyllis attended St. Rose Catholic School in Chelsea.  She began her college career at Emmanual College in Boston and went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree from Mount St. Mary’s College in Hookset, New Hampshire.  She received her Master’s Degree from Northeastern University.

Upon graduation, Phyllis embarked on an adventure with her parents to Puerto Rico, where she resided for a number of years after her father, a Chelsea firefighter, was offered the position of Chief.  She would speak often and with great fondness of those years in Puerto Rico and Panama where she mentioned with pride the generosity of her parents toward many people in need in that part of the world.

After working in the business world, Phyllis decided to transfer those skills to the field of education, where she acquired a position as a business educator in the Chelsea Public School System. After she obtained certification as a guidance counselor, she spent the remainder of her educational career in the fulfilling role of counseling and advocating for her students. She was extremely proud of the fact that she was evaluated by her supervisor as a “caring educator whose low-key manner instilled trust in her students while she worked tirelessly for their well-being.” She retired in 1998.

Phyllis leaves behind that same legacy of quiet support for those whose lives she has touched.  She will be deeply missed by those who loved and cherished her.

We invite you to attend a memorial mass in her honor in St. Anthony’s Chapel on Saturday, October 12 at 11: a.m. The church parking lot is at 250 Revere Street in Revere. Walk to the left hand side of the church and the chapel is around the corner.

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