Obituaries 04-03-2014

Osvaldo Garcia

Worked for American Biltrite

Osvaldo M. Garcia passed away on Sunday afternoon, March 30, at home after a five month battle with an overwhelming illness.

Born in Rancho Veloz, Cuba 83 years ago, upon entering the United States in 1968, he settled with his family in Chelsea and remained here until moving to Revere 10 years ago. Prior to retiring, he worked for more than 20 years at American Biltrite here in Chelsea.

He was the devoted husband for 62 years of Juana (Alvarez); beloved father of Osvaldo Garcia of Revere and Ana Hernandez and her husband, Jorge of Chelsea; dear brother of Lazaro, Pedro, Margarito, Vincente, Giraldo, Juansito Garcia and the late Jose and Guillermo Garcia; cherished grandfather of Dominic Garcia of Revere, April Garcia of Chelsea, Jacquelyn Hernendez of Chelsea and Alexander Hernandez of Watertown. He is also lovingly survived by his great grandchildren Angelique, Alexis, Ariel, Dante, Deanalee and the late Devin as well as by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea today, Thursday, April 3, at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 9 o’clock. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

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Joseph Gallant

25-Year Bartender at the French Club

Joseph H. Gallant of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on March 20 at the Chelsea Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was 83 years old.

Born in Chelsea and a resident here until moving to Revere, for many years he worked for Rev-Lynn Contracting in Winthrop and for over 25 years, he was a bartender at the French Club.

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Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Roberta Selbovitz

Former Longtime Hooker Oil Bookkeeper and Beloved Chelsea-Revere-Winthrop Homecare Caseworker

Roberta (Tarr) Selbovitz of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, passed away on March 26.

The beloved wife of the late Max “Cremo” Selbovitz and long time companion of Tim Murray, she was the longtime bookkeeper at Hooker Oil and was a beloved caseworker at Chelsea-Revere-Winthrop Home Care for over 15 years. An accomplished ballet dancer, she was a member of Hadassah, the Chelsea YMHA, and a member of the Sisterhood at Orange Street Shul.

Roberta was the devoted mother of Stephen Selbovitz and his wife, Susan and Dr. Leslie Selbovitz and his partner, Marcy Solomon Slovin and daughter-in-law Leslie Zide. She was the dear sister of Ralph Tarr, Barry Tarr, and the late Paul Tarr; the dear sister-in-law of Zoey Tarr and Libby Tarr and the loving grandmother of Mariel, Michael, David and Matthew. She was the dear niece of the late Etty and Meyer Swerling and Ida and Bill Cohen.

Services at Temple Emeth, Chestnut Hill were held on March. Interment was in Lynn. Contributions in Roberta’s memory may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home Foundation, 165 Captains Row, Chelsea, MA. 02150. For online guestbook , please visit the funeral home website,

Patrick Francis Doherty

GE Retiree and Chelsea Soldier’s Home Resident, Formerly of Everett

Patrick Francis Doherty passed away Monday morning at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett. He was 83 years old.

Born in Cambridge, the son of the late Daniel J. and Bridget T. (Doherty) Doherty, Patrick was raised in Everett and attended Everett Public Schools. He graduated from Everett High School, Class of 1947 and just after high school, he enlisted in the US Navy on December 1, 1947. He fought during the Korean War and was honorably discharged on November 7, 1951. Upon returning home from the service, Patrick worked at General Electric as a machinist, assembling electric components.

Patrick was an Everett resident for over 60 years but has been a resident of the Chelsea Soldier’s Home for the last 14 years. He will be missed by all his family and friends at the Soldier’s Home.

Patrick was the beloved brother of Marguerite V. LeBlanc and her husband, Arcade of Waltham, Cecilia L. Connors and her husband, Bernard of Arizona and the late Donald J. Doherty and John J. Doherty. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the St. Michael Arch Angel Chapel, Chelsea Soldier’s Home, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea on Friday, April 4 at 11 a.m. Visitation will take place in the Cardinal Cushing Pavillion, adjacent to the Chapel, from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will take place at the Glenwood Cemetery in Everett.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals in Chelsea.

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