Obituaries 10-17-2013

Morris Seigal

Chelsea Educator and Longtime School Board Member

Morris Seigal, a lifelong Chelsea resident, passed away on Tuesday, October 15 at his home. He was 92 years old.

Morris graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1939. He then attended Salem State for his undergrad and later receiving a Masters Degree from Boston University. He served 29 years on the Chelsea School Board. He was an administrator and Camp Director for the Y.M.H.A in Chelsea, a teacher and Assistant Principal at the Williams School and acting Principle at the Mary C. Burke School. He was a proud US Army veteran of World War II who served in the South Pacific. He was a lover of family, animals, Chinese Food and horse racing.

He was the beloved husband of Marion ( Feinberg) Seigal; devoted father of Maxine Ebb and her husband, Mike, Jeffrey Seigal and his wife, Sheara and Jay Seigal and his wife, Tricia; loving son of the late Max and Annie Seigal; dear brother of Joseph Seigal and the late William Seigal and the late Harry Seigal; loving grandfather of Jon, Lisa, Adam, Kara, Jared, Jason and Aaron and cherished great-grandfather of Kaylee and Connor.

Services will be held at the Temple Emmanuel, 60 Tudor Street, Chelsea, MA 02150 today, Thursday, October 17 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Beth Israel Cemetery, 22 Fuller Street, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations in Morris’s memory may be made to the Morris H. Seigal Scholarship Fund, Chelsea City Hall, Broadway, Chelsea, MA 02150 c/o Barbara Martin and to the Temple Emmanuel Fund, 60 Tudor Street, Chelsea, MA 02150.  Visit for guest book and directions.

Herbert Peary

Retired Everett Letter Carrier, Formerly of Chelsea

Herbert B. Peary passed away at Mass General Hospital on October 7. He was 77 years old.

The son of the late William and Amelia Peary, he was born in Chelsea on December 22, 1935, attended Chelsea Public Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1953. After graduation, Herbert served his country in the US Air Force during Vietnam and worked as a letter carrier in the Everett Post Office for many years. His family was his greatest love.

He is survived by his longtime partner Lucille Sarro of Everett, their daughter, Desirae Peary of Saugus and by his granddaughter Kayleigh McMahon.

A Period of visitation was held at The Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, Everett last Thursday and a Prayer Service was held with the Reverend Thomas Coots officiating.

Dorothy McCarthy

Retired Secretary to Revere Superintendent of Schools

Dorothy R. (Cater) McCarthy of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on October 14 at the Rosewood Nursing & Rehab of Peabody following a long illness. She was 96 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she lived here until moving to Revere in the 1940’s. She was a 1934 graduate of Immaculate Conception High School in Revere and for more than 30 years she worked within the Revere School Department and served as secretary to the Superintendent of Schools.

She was the widow of Michael F. McCarthy, Sr., who passed away in July of 1963; devoted mother of Michael F. McCarthy, Jr. and his wife, Joanne R. of Reading and Maureen J. McCarthy of North Andover; cherished grandmother of Michael J. III and his wife, Eileen McCarthy of Irving, California and Kevin E. and his wife, Laura McCarthy of North Reading. She is also lovingly survived by her great grandchildren, Michael and Thomas F. and the late Roman J. McCarthy. She was the sister of the late Alfred Cater and Elga Shea-Brabane. Many nieces and nephews also survive her.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Sunday, October 20 from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Her funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Monday, October 21 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church (corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue, Revere) at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: CROC “Children’s Hospital of Orange County” 455 So. Main St., Orange, California. 92868/ For more information, visit:

Sylvia Heredia

Of New York, Formerly of Chelsea

Sylvia (Krasnow) Heredia, loving daughter of the late Sam and Mary Pressman, passed away on September 20 after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Her strength and determination to fight this disease served as an inspiration to her friends and family.

Sylvia was born in Chelsea, grew up on Walnut Street and graduated from both the Williams School and Chelsea High School. After graduation, she moved to Brooklyn, New York where she celebrated her 72ndbirthday just one month before her death. And though Sylvia had relocated from Chelsea, her mind and heart were always with the wonderful people of Chelsea.

She loved and was loved by her devoted family who were by her side at her death. She is survived by her daughter, Shari Mendez and her partner, Tonya Ford; by her son and daughter-in-law, Miguel and Mitza Heredia and by her daughter and son-in-law, Dolores and Anthony Valente. She was the doting grandmother of David, Rebekka, Steban, Amanda and Adam. She is also survived by her cousin, Florence Pressman of Lynn. She was predeceased by her son, Mitchell.

Funeral services have been held.

Josephine ‘Jo” Breda

Retired Medical Secretary and Professional Dancer and Instructor

Josephine T. “Jo” “Ma-Jo” “Aunt-Jo”  (DeAngelis) Breda, lifelong Chelsea resident and Medical Secretary, passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Tuesday morning, October 9tafter a sudden decline in health.  She was 90 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the beloved daughter of the late Henry F. and Josephine (Lepore) DeAngelis.She attended St. Rose Parochial School and was a graduate of St. Rose High School. She continued her education at Burdett College in Boston graduating with an associate’s degree in business.

In 1946 she married her sweetheart, Leo Breda immediately after his discharge from the US Army. They remained in Chelsea to raise their family. Affectionately known as “Jo” by her close friends, she worked outside of her home as a Medical Secretary at Chelsea Memorial Hospital on Bellingham Street and later at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

She was also a professionally trained dancer who enjoyed teaching with several local studios and was also an accomplished choreographer who helped with the production of local Minstrel Shows. She retired from the Hospital in 1988 after 40 years of employment.

A devoted Catholic for many years, she was a member of the former Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Chelsea. After the Assumption closing she has been an active communicant and supporter at St. Michael the Archangel Chapel at the Soldiers Home in Chelsea. As a Eucharistic Minister at the Chapel, she helped distribute Holy Communion to residents at the Home.

Jo enjoyed reading, traveling, attending dances with the former Couples Club and Square Dancing with her husband. Years ago, she and Leo would take the “Snow-Train” out of North Station to New Hampshire for a day of skiing in the mountains.

Her husband, Leo passed away nine years ago and since that time she has continued many of the activities she loved. Her devotion to her faith and husband were equaled by her devotion to her children, their spouses, her grandchildren and great grandchildren. To her progeny she was “Ma-Jo” or “Aunt-Jo”. “Ma-Jo” would surprise her family stopping by their homes bringing presents or necessities, something she felt could be useful or enjoyed by her family and those she loved.

She was the beloved wife of the late Emilio D. “Leo” Breda; devoted mother of James H. “Jay” Breda and his wife, Sherryl of Melrose, Karen Breda and her husband, Charles Lucas of West Hartford, CT.; Cherished grandmother “Ma-Jo” of Eric Breda and his wife, Melissa, Stacey (Breda) Brown and her husband, Darren and Olivia Lucas; adored great-grandmother “Ma-Jo” of Giovanna, Domenic, Angelina, and Vincent Breda, Harrison and Grant Brown; dear sister of the late Mary Kozowyk, Louis, Eugene and Domenic DeAngelis. “Aunt-Jo” is also survived by many loving nieces,  nephews and many close friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Michael the Archangel Chapel on Tuesday, October 15th. Services concluded with Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Michael’s Chapel.  To send expressions of sympathy, please visit Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial / Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Homes.

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