Obituaries 02-27-2014

Ellen ‘Janie’ Peach

Of Chelsea

Ellen J. “Janie” (Reynolds) Peach of Chelsea died on February 19. She was 94 years old.

She was the wife of the late William L. “Les” Peach; devoted mother of Shirley M. Olson and her husband, Ernest of Chelsea, Goldie M. Moore and her husband, Edward “Ted” of Saugus, and the late William C. Peach and George L. Peach; mother-in-law of Arline Peach and Anne Peach, both of Malden; dear sister of Rev. William Reynolds, Rev. Roydon Reynolds, Lillian Rose, Alma May Burden and Goldie Reynolds, all of Newfoundland, and the late George Reynolds and Sadie Parsons; loving grandmother of nine: Debra, Edward, Michael, Paul, Keri, Janyce, Sharyn, Scott and the late Kristen and is also lovingly survived by nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-granddaughters, Ariana and Aaliyah.

Funeral services were conducted at the First Congregational Church, 26 County Rd, Chelsea on February 24.  Arrangements were entrusted to the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, Chelsea. Interment was at the family lot in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. For those who wish, donations in Janie’s memory may be made to the maintenance fund of the above named church.

Francis ‘Barney’ Nugent, Jr.

Retired Major League Baseball Athletic Trainer

Francis W. “Barney” Nugent passed away Saturday, February 22 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers after an arduous eight month battle with cancer. He was 61 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, at a young age his friends nicknamed him  “Barney” and  that name remained affectionately with him throughout his adult and professional life.

Barney attended Chelsea High School and was the captain of the Football team. He graduated with the Class of 1970 and continued his education at Curry College where he also played College Football. He completed four years with Curry and went on to attend Indiana State where he was conferred a Masters Degree in Physical Education and Athletic Training, graduating in 1977.

He soon began his career as an Athletic Trainer with the Red Sox Organization and remained with them for six years. While in North Carolina with the team, he met and soon married Denise Smith. Together they traveled as he worked for various AA and AAA baseball organizations.

He was the trainer with the Philly’s for 10 years before going to the San Francisco Giants as their Athletic Trainer. He retired from Professional Baseball at the end of the 2003 season and he and his wife settled in Scottsdale, AZ.

Barney enjoyed woodworking as a pastime. Although self taught in that craft, he created and completed many fine and intricate woodworking projects.

He was the beloved husband of 33 years to Denise (Smith) Nugent of Scottsdale, AZ; loving son of Francis W. “Fran” Nugent, Sr. of Wakefield and the late Jane R. (Jones) Nugent; dear brother of Mike Nugent and his wife, Joanne Evans of Chelsea and Jane Roblee Smith and her husband, Rodney of Wakefield. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services were held on Wednesday (yesterday) in the Welsh Funeral Home. Rabbi Jonas Goldberg officiated and committal was in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden, Memorial observance will be private. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to “Pitch 4 Kidz” 5010 E. Shea Blvd, Ste. D-202, Phoenix AZ, 85254. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Robert Grant

Retired Chelsea DPW Employee

Robert S. Grant, a lifelong Chelsea resident and a retired Chelsea DPW worker, passed away unexpectedly on February 18 at the Medford Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. He was 75 years old.

Born in Boston, the son of the late Nathan S. and Mary (Lunetta) Grant, his family settled in Chelsea when he was a young child and he attended St. Rose Elementary School and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. After high school, he enlisted in the US Army and was honorably discharged in 1963.

Robert remained a lifelong Chelsea resident and worked for many years in the Department of Public Works until his retirement due to injury. He was a 4th Degree Knight with the Chelsea Knights of Columbus and was also a member of the Beachmont V.F.W. Post 6712 and the Revere Moose Lodge 1272.

Bob will be remembered for his devotion to his faith and along with his family and friends he leaves behind his adored feline friend Misty.

He was the devoted brother of Carole Cross of Revere and her late husband Raymond, and the late Rosemary Cannata and Lucy Jane Howell. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Funeral Services were held in the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea on Friday, February 21. Services concluded with Military Honors. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial / Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.

Helen Troisi

Longtime Chelsea Resident

Helen M. (Mendalka) Troisi, a longtime Chelsea resident,  passed away at home on February 21 surrounded by her loving family. She was 86 years old.

Born in Lynn, the daughter of Stanley and Helen (Shostek) Mendalka, she was raised in Chelsea and attended local schools.

She married Constantino “Babe” Troisi and together they raised their family in Chelsea. She was predeceased by her beloved husband in 1996.

Devoted to her family, Helen also worked outside of the home as a sales clerk at K-Mart for many years. She was a longtime parishioner and supporter of St. Stanislaus Parish in Chelsea and was a good friend of the Chelsea Senior Center.

In addition to her husband, Helen was recently predeceased by her two daughters, Marie Jeffrey and Diane Troisi. She is survived by her two loving sons and their wives, Stanley Troisi and his wife, Donna of Chelsea and Andrew Troisi and his wife, Mary Pat of Everett. She was the dear sister of Edward Mendalka and his wife, Caroline and Blanche Miller, all of Chelsea;  the cherished grandmother of Brian Jeffrey, Michael Troisi, Christopher Troisi, Lauren Troisi, Lyndsay Troisi, Emily Troisi and the late Christopher Jeffrey and the adored great grandmother of Grant Tame, Cahlee Jeffrey, Corey Jeffrey, Abigail Troisi, Jacqueline Baker, Kenneth Baker and Victoria Baker.

Funeral arrangements were by the Anthony Memorial/Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.  Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery,

Pedro Valera, Jr.

Retired Driver

Pedro P. Valera, Jr. of Chelsea died on February 24. He was 71 years old.

A retired driver for Hudson General, an airline service company, he was the beloved husband of Zosima T. (Rosario) Valera with whom he shared 40 years of marriage; devoted father of Primma R. Valera of Chelsea, Rona V. Mercado and her husband, Jovito of Revere and the late Sherwin Valera and is also lovingly survived by three grandchildren: Jaeron, Joshua and Rebecca.

His Funeral will be held from the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea on Friday, February 28 at 10 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held in the Funeral Home today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden.

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